John O'Hara Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

John O'Hara Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In the spring of 1960, John O’Hara wrote the following as part of his preface to Sermons and Soda Water: The Twenties, the Thirties, and the Forties are already history, but I cannot be content to leave their story in the hands of the historians and the editors of picture books. I want to record the way people talked and thought and felt.

Despite his frequent rejection of the seemingly derogatory critical label of “social historian,” which seemed to separate him in the minds of critics from more “serious” novelists, O’Hara was committed throughout his career to providing accurate records of the decades and places in which he lived. The novels and novellas that resulted from this commitment are...

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