Appointment in Samarra
By: John O'Hara (author)Paperback
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Appointment in Samarra is a fast-paced, blackly comic depiction of the rapid decline and fall of Julian English. English is part of the social elite of his 1930s American hometown but from the moment he impetuously throws a cocktail in the face of one of his powerful business associates his life begins to spiral out of control - taking his loving but troubled marriage with it.
A master of American realism, this was John O'Hara's first novel and proved a huge bestseller on its publication. Time magazine has since picked Appointment in Samarra as one of their top 100 modern novels, and its many fans include, John Updike, Dorothy Parker, Gore Vidal and Ernest Hemingway.
John O'Hara was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on 31 January 1905. He was the eldest of eight children. He had many occupations including engineer, ship steward, railway freight clerk, gas meter reader, amusement park guard, steel mill worker, soda fountain assistant and journalist. His first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won him instant acclaim, and quickly came to be regarded as one of the most prominent writers in America.He won the National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick and had more stories published in the New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine.His fourteen novels include A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, BUtterfield 8 and From the Terrace. John O'Hara died on 11 April 1970.
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