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Appointment in Samarra ; BUtterfield 8 ; Hope of heaven

Author: John O'Hara
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1938?] ©1934-©1938
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Appointment in Samarra: In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville social circuit is electrified with parties and dances, where the music plays late into the night and the liquor flows freely. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English - the envy of friends and strangers alike. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.
Appointment in Samarra ; BUtterfield 8 ; Hope of heaven
(OCoLC)892025389
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John O'Hara
OCLC Number: 7207909
Description: 447 pages, 1 unnumbered page ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Novels.
Responsibility: John O'Hara.

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Appointment in Samarra: In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville social circuit is electrified with parties and dances, where the music plays late into the night and the liquor flows freely. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English - the envy of friends and strangers alike. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

BUtterfield 8: 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.

Hope of Heaven: A world weary screen-writer of only limited success in his mid-thirties is in love with an idealistic young woman in her twenties who is only passingly interested in him. When her long estranged father comes to LA on business, tragedy ensues.

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