O'Hara as Outsider

From a 'profile' of the author Louis Auchincloss by Larissa MacFarquhar in the 25 February 2008 New Yorker:

Society 'outsiders were missing something important. (Thus the difference, for instance, between an outsider novelist of manners like John O'Hara and an insider novelist of manners like John Marquand: where O'Hara looked at society and saw smugness and hypocrisy, Marquand saw the bewilderment of the sheltered and quixotic adherence to duty and self-limitation, no matter how absurd.'

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