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                                                   Pottsville Interview

On April 22, 1994 Pamela Mac Arthur interviewed an unnamed gentleman at Piccioni's Subs & Deli, and this is what she wrote:

After O'Hara's documenting of the class structure and its particulars in Gibbsville (Pottsville) in Appointment in Samarra, the novel "was banned" in Schuykill County by the churches and, ultimately, the upper classes. The reason why it "was banned" in this county was not just due to its sexual content, but because of is portrayal of various upper-class families in the county seat, Pottsville.

From The Genteel John O'Hara, page 216.

On April 22, 1961 publication of "The Man with the Broken Arm." The New Yorker. Assembly.

"Anna Lyman's rudeness to Charles Weston was so deliberate and thorough that hardly anyone among the passengers failed to notice it and comment on it. She was so careful and cruel that I did not expect to see Weston again during the rest of the voyage. But on the morning after the ship's concert, where the rudeness had occurred, Weston was up and about, taking his jaunty walk past the rows of steamer chairs, nodding and smiling to this one and that one, tipping his cap in semi-military salute, and seeming to spring up from each step in his rubber-soled brown suedes."  

Anna Lyman and Charles Weston are actors divorced from each other. At the end of the story Weston gets his revenge. The narrator is Jim Malloy.

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