John O’Hara, A Natural Writer, By John Updike - He was too cantankerous and late-rising to hold a job for long, but this was a mercy in disguise; it kept him at what he did best, freelance writing.
And a short article here, where there’s also a New Yorker audio discussion on O’Hara and one of his short stories:
- O'Hara was very successful in his day but hasn't really become a household name like his contemporaries Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. Why do you think he’s fallen out of fashion?
- He was well known as a short story and novella writer, then he drifted into writing bestselling novels (some made into very successful films) which I don’t think were his best work…
O’Hara (right) with Hemingway and Stork Club owner Sherman Billingsly,
1934 New York,