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That was Then....

Tom Buchanan
July 30th, 2007, 12:41

I was surfing around and came upon this John O'Hara themed blog. There is not a tremendous amount of content, but it has a couple of good pictures and links. I think Harris and a few others here were O'Hara fans.
http://oharasociety.blogspot.com/

Acacian
July 30th, 2007, 22:53

I was surfing around and came upon this John O'Hara themed blog. There is not a tremendous amount of content, but it has a couple of good pictures and links. I think Harris and a few others here were O'Hara fans.

http://oharasociety.blogspot.com/

Absolutely. That's great. He's definitely a great writer that has largely been ignored by academic literary criticism (which may be for the best, since he can be appreciated as is without having to encounter lit crit geeks yapping about him...).

jasonpraxis
August 3rd, 2007, 05:52

Great find, Tom. Thanks!

Absolutely. That's great. He's definitely a great writer that has largely been ignored by academic literary criticism

At a lecture a couple of years ago Frederic Jameson (Duke) offhandedly lamented just this point. I'm not sure why he's been looked over, unless it's due to the brazenly aspirational nature of some of his characters (or of the man himself). I imagine that might make some of my colleagues uncomfortable. Or new readers, for that matter.

Still, I found it useful to include him in my dissertation for his attention to social and economic class details. He writes about those things during the Depression in a very compelling way, and with a somewhat different eye than Fitzgerald or Dos Passos.

(which may be for the best, since he can be appreciated as is without having to encounter lit crit geeks yapping about him...).

:rolleyes:

rsmeyer
August 3rd, 2007, 07:15

I was surfing around and came upon this John O'Hara themed blog. There is not a tremendous amount of content, but it has a couple of good pictures and links. I think Harris and a few others here were O'Hara fans.

http://oharasociety.blogspot.com/
Richard Carreno, who runs this and other blogs, is an e-mail buddy of mine, and an authority on O'Hara, George Frazier, equestrian attire, and many other topics.Try him at JUNTO-A Charivari Of Everyday Life.

1 comment:

James MacDonald77 said...

O'Hara suffered in his lifetime from people who looked for complexities in literature. But his writing, on its own terms, is very complex.