Gibbsville, PA

Gibbsville, PA

by John O'Hara
     
 

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This new edition of John O'Hara's greatest accomplishment -- his critically acclaimed Gibbsville stories, more than forty of them -- brings piercingly to life in all its social and sexual complexity what O'Hara called his "Pennsylvania Protectorate" (in reality, the coal region of his hometown, Pottsville, in Schuylkill County). Here are classics like "The Doctor's

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This new edition of John O'Hara's greatest accomplishment -- his critically acclaimed Gibbsville stories, more than forty of them -- brings piercingly to life in all its social and sexual complexity what O'Hara called his "Pennsylvania Protectorate" (in reality, the coal region of his hometown, Pottsville, in Schuylkill County). Here are classics like "The Doctor's Son," "Imagine Kissing Pete," "Fatimas and Kisses," "The Cellar Domain," and "The Bucket of Blood." Here are the country club set, the miners in company towns, the shop-keepers, bartenders, barbers, collegians, doctors, and lawyers, who people a world as varied, vibrant, and complete as Faulkner's Yoknapatawphna County or Thomas Wolfe's Altamount. Here are four decades of the best work by one of America's most underrated writers -- "a formal innovator" who, says Charles McGrath of the New York Times Book Review, crafted the kind of story that "Hemingway typically gets credit for" and that "paved the way for Salinger, Cheever, Updike and even Carter."

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Library Journal
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''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786713622
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.51(d)

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