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  • Mr O'Hara's eyes and ears have been spared nothing, but he has kept in his heart a curious and bitter mercy

    Dorothy Parker
  • O'Hara writes with swift realism, wisely avoids sentimentality

    Time Magazine
  • Dramatic...exciting...vivid and written at high speed...accurate and often penetrating

    The Nation
  • Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time, the first half of the twentieth century. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well

    John O’Hara on John O’Hara. He had this inscribed on his gravestone.

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