THE JOHN O'HARA SOCIETY, in O'Hara's other home-town, Philadelphia, celebrates the life and works of John O'Hara, Pennsylvania's pre-eminent contemporary author and America's greatest short-story writer. The JOHS studies, publishes, and diffuses works by and about the author. Membership is free. For details, contact the JOHS's Corresponding Secretary, Richard Carreño, via Philabooks@yahoo.com. © MMXVII John O'Hara Society.
Just to let the society know that more than literary buffs find O'Hara very interesting: I am a geologist preparing a poster session for the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of American meeting (in Portland, ME, in March) concerning O'Hara's "comments" on geology, mining history, and the influenza epidemic of 1918, mainly in Appointment in Samarra and "The Doctor's Son." Have read numerous books on the influenza pandemic and none mention the latter, though they wax ecstatic over "Pale Horse, Pale Rider"! O'Hara may have been a "Jerk", but his basic goodness comes through in his marvelous letters to his daughter. JDI
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