BUtterfield 8

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A bestseller upon its publication in 1935, Butterfield 8 was inspired by a news account of the discovery of the body of a beautiful young woman washed up on a Long Island beach. Was it an accident, a murder, a suicide? The circumstances of her death were never resolved, but O'Hara seized upon the tragedy to imagine the woman's down-and-out life in New York City in the early 1930s.

O'Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape ...

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Overview

A bestseller upon its publication in 1935, Butterfield 8 was inspired by a news account of the discovery of the body of a beautiful young woman washed up on a Long Island beach. Was it an accident, a murder, a suicide? The circumstances of her death were never resolved, but O'Hara seized upon the tragedy to imagine the woman's down-and-out life in New York City in the early 1930s.

O'Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape characters," Fran Lebowitz writes in her Introduction. With brash honesty and a flair for the unconventional, Butterfield 8 lays bare the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression.

A bestseller when it was originally published in 1935, this is a brilliant, brutal portrait of New York's speakeasy generation. "Like Henry James, O'Hara could create a world where class and social strictures are all-important but not openly discussed."--The Village Voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143107088
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 484,020
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN O’HARA (1905–1970) received instant acclaim for his first novel, Appointment in Samarra, 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, and his more than four hundred short stories have been collected in twelve volumes.
JESSICA HISCHE is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine’s "New Visual Artists". She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

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