During his lifetime, John O'Hara published 14 novels and hundreds of short stories.
He knew, probably better than any other American writer, about social class in this country; about all the subtle markers and distinctions used to indicate rungs in the hierarchy, and about how rigid and fragile the system is, a maze of envy, snobbery and insecurity.
Charles McGrath: John O'Hara, Short Stories (2016), Library of America.
Buried in the Princeton Cemetry, the inscription on his headstone,written by O'Hara himself, reads "BETTER/THAN ANYONE ELSE/HE TOLD THE TRUTH/ ABOUT HIS TIME/HE WAS/ A PROFESSIONAL/HE WROTE/HONESTLY AND WELL".
Charles McGrath: John O'hara, Short Stories (2016), Library of America
Till the day of his death, O'Hara dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize. This was not to be, however and I have always wondered why.