John Henry O'Hara (January 31, 1905; April 11, 1970) was an Irish-American writer. He earned a reputation first for short stories and became a best-selling novelist by the age of thirty with Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8. He was particularly known for an unparalleled and shockingly accurate ear for dialogue. O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the socially ambitious.
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- I have work to do, and I am afraid not to do it.
- Forward to The Horse Knows the Way (1964).