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John O'Hara's greatest accomplishment is available in a handsome newly revised one-volume edition. The famous Gibbsville stories, more than fifty of them—include such stunners as "The Doctor's Son," "Imagine Kissing Pete," "Fatimas and Kisses," "The Cellar Domain," and "The Bucket of Blood." Again, O'Hara's Pennsylvania Protectorate, as he called it—in reality, the coal region of his hometown, Pottsville, in Schuylkill County—comes to socially and sexually complicated life. Here are the miners in the company ...

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John O'Hara's greatest accomplishment is available in a handsome newly revised one-volume edition. The famous Gibbsville stories, more than fifty of them—include such stunners as "The Doctor's Son," "Imagine Kissing Pete," "Fatimas and Kisses," "The Cellar Domain," and "The Bucket of Blood." Again, O'Hara's Pennsylvania Protectorate, as he called it—in reality, the coal region of his hometown, Pottsville, in Schuylkill County—comes to socially and sexually complicated life. Here are the miners in the company towns, the country club set, the shopkeepers, the bartenders, the barbers, and the collegians. It is a world as varied, vibrant, and complete as Faulkner's Yoknapatawphna County or Thomas Wolfe's Altamount. Presented in this Book-of-the-Month Club Selection are four decades of the best work by the author who Bennett Cerf declared one of America's most underrated writers.

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Like Thomas Hardy, who created his fictional Wessex out of his native Dorset, and William Faulkner, who used Lafayette County, Mississippi, as the basis for his imaginary Yoknapatawpha County, O'Hara transformed his hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding anthracite coal region into one of literature's great fictional landscapes. Setting five novels and more than 50 stories in what he called his ``Pennsylvania Protectorate,'' O'Hara recorded with great honesty the lives of Gibbsville's inhabitants--from Polish coal miners and Irish Catholic shopkeepers to the Protestant country club set. Editor Bruccoli, who championed O'Hara as one of America's great short writers in his biography The O'Hara Concern ( LJ 9/15/75), has gathered into one volume 55 Gibbsville stories written over a 30-year span. Included are some of O'Hara's most famous tales, including ``The Doctor's Son,'' ``Imagine Kissing Pete,'' and ``The Bucket of Blood.'' Since many of these stories are drawn from previous collections, libraries already owning such anthologies as The Collected Stories of John O'Hara ( LJ 4/15/85) might want to consider this an optional purchase. Otherwise, this is an excellent introduction to a writer who has been unjustly ignored.-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786713622
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 15
Editorial note 23
Foreword 25
Mary (1931) 29
It must have been spring (1934) 31
Dr. Wyeth's son (1934) 34
The doctor's son (1935) 38
Mrs. Whitman (1945) 65
The lady takes an interest (1947) 71
A family party (1956) 75
Imagine kissing Pete (1960) 97
The cellar domain (1961) 149
A case history (1961) 161
The pioneer hep-cat (1961) 200
Money (1962) 211
The bucket of blood (1962) 229
Winter dance (1962) 253
Claude Emerson, reporter (1962) 260
Jurge Dulrumple (1962) 279
Exterior : with figure (1963) 293
The man on the tractor (1963) 307
The locomobile (1963) 318
Zero (1963) 329
Eminent domain (1963) 337
The Mayor (1963) 355
At the window (1964) 362
The hardware man (1964) 371
The victim (1964) 384
The house on the corner (1964) 394
Aunt Fran (1964) 401
All tied up (1964) 406
Christmas poem (1964) 422
What's the good of knowing? (1964) 433
Clayton Bunter (1964) 442
The gambler (1965) 451
The neighborhood (1965) 457
A good location (1965) 465
Afternoon waltz (1966) 472
Fatimas and kisses (1966) 496
Yostie (1966) 515
How old, how young (1967) 543
Barred (1967) 551
The gangster (1967) 558
The farmer (1968) 578
We'll have fun (1968) 586
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