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O’Hara John
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company [1934]. First edition, First Issue, with the tipped in errattum slip as called for. 8vo, publisher’s original black polished cloth lettered on the spine in gilt. IN THE SCARCE FIRST ISSUE DUSTJACKET, with the $2.50 price and with "Recent Fiction" on the back cover. 301pp. A fine copy, pristine and unused, the varnished black cloth shiny and fresh with only a tiny amount of marking that is common to the varnish and almost no wear whatsoever, the text clean and solid and fresh. The jacket, which is quite scarce, is still very bright and attractive. The front and rear panels of the dustjacket are in quite excellent condition, bright, clean and complete, the spine panel shows a bit of evidence of shelving at the foot, and a bit of wear at the head, but this is a very pleasing and attractive copy of an important book. A FINE COPY IN SCARCE ORIGINAL DUSTJACKET OF JOHN O’HARA’S FIRST BOOK. One of the Modern Library’s Top 100 books of the 20th Century. O’Hara is particularly well-known for his uncanny ear for dialogue. Writer Fran Lebowitz called him "the real F. Scott Fitzgerald" and John Updike has likened him to Chekhov. The novel is about the self-destruction, over a three day period, of Julian English, once a member of the social elite of Gibbsville. Gibbsville is clearly O'Hara's fictionalized version of his native Pottsville, Pennsylvania. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. [Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.]
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