Collected for the first time, the New York stories of John O'Hara, "among the greatest short story writers in English, or in any other language" (Brendan Gill, Here at The New Yorker)
Collected for the first time, here are the New York stories of one of the 20th century's definitive chroniclers of the city - the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than 30 refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy dialogue, telling details and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.
"You can binge on his collections, the way some people binge on Mad Men, and for some of the same reasons." (Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review)
"Don Draper is an O’Hara character if ever there was one.... The stories have the tang of genuine observation and reporting.... You’re aware of how brilliantly O’Hara uses dialogue to convey exposition, and of how often his people, like Hemingway’s, leave unsaid what is really on their minds.... O’Hara [was] a master of the short story.... The New York anthology...is part of a welcome Penguin effort to reissue his work in paperback." (Charles McGrath, The New York Times Book Review)
"An author I love is John O’Hara.... I think he’s been forgotten by time, but for dialogue lovers, he’s a goldmine of inspiration." (Douglas Coupland, Shelf Awareness)