Saturday, December 26, 2009
In January, I plan to start a three part seris on films that were based on John O'Hara novels.
John O'Hara (January 31,1905-April 11, 1970, born in Pottsville, PA, had a long and distinguished literary career, most notably as a novelist and as a writer of short stories. Many of his stories were set in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania. He was unable to attend college due to the premature death of his father. A theme that would appear in this works. He worked as a reporter for various newspapers before moving to New York City, where he began to write short stories for magazines. In his early days he was also a film critic, a radio commentator, and a press agent; later, with his reputation established, he became a newspaper columnist. In the three and a half decades following the publication of his first novel, Appointment in Samarra, O'Hara wrote twelve novels, five novellas, fifteen collections of short stories, nine published or produced plays, three credited screenplays (along with several unproduced screenplays and uncredited work on a half-dozen other films), and three collections of essays. A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, Butterfield 8, and From the Terrace were turned into movies. More than 400 of his stories were published in magazines, including some 300 in The New Yorker.