August 25, 2013 12:00 AM

O’Hara’s ‘New York Stories’ a real gem from a strong writer

The great mystery about John O’Hara seems to revolve around why he’s not more widely read. Just citing his fairly odious personality seems insufficient: O’Hara was unpleasant when sober and extremely unpleasant when drunk, which was a great deal of the time, but you can say that about a lot of writers of the pre-war generation, when everybody drank because, well, that’s what writers did.

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