Author to Speak on
John O'Hara Feb. 25
O'Hara (1905-1970) was once one of America's most popular writers--and an honored one. He won a National Book Award for his novel, "Ten North Frederick." He published more stories in the New Yorker than any other writer. Several of his novels became popular films, such as "Butterfield 8" with Elizabeth Taylor. O'Hara wrote the hit Broadway show "Pal Joey" with Rodgers and Hart and had a number of prestigious jobs in journalism. Although O'Hara ranked himself among his contemporaries, Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald (all of whom he knew), he is now mostly forgotten. Dyer will discuss O'Hara, his works and reasons why he has disappeared from our literary radar.
Daniel Dyer was an educator and won the Teacher-Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1992-1993) as well as other teaching awards. Dyer is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has published more than 1,200 book reviews in "Kirkus Reviews and the Cleveland Plain Dealer." Dyer's 1997 YA book "Jack London: A Biography" earned both a place on the American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" (1998) and a Choice Award from Children's Literature. He has also published annotated and illustrated editions of "The Call of the Wild." Dyer has been extensively pursuing the O'Hara story in his retirement.
This program is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.