Hemingway and O'Hara

Louis Auchincloss
Hem Takes Another Swipe at the Master

'Ernest Hemingway is supposed to have said of John O'Hara that when he died, he'd go to Yale.'

Quoted by Louis Auchincloss, A Voice from Old New York: A Memoir of My Youth, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., 2010.

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1 comment:

jamesmacdonald7 said...

This long-familiar comment could have been made in the most inauspiciuous of circumstances--a soggy night at a favorite watering hole, for instance. It hardly denotes considered opinion of John O'Hara's talent. Hemingway's more famous tribute to Appointment in Samarra seems a good deal more serious. O'Hara was aware of how collegues regarded his attitude toward Yale. I don't think he was unduly disturbed by it. And he certianly seems to have had little
regard for Louis Auchincloss' talent. Unfortunatrly reputations are often left in the hands of people not best placed to comment, simply because they have outlived the better qualified.