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John O'Hara

(John Henry O'Hara)
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John Henry O'Hara (January 31, 1905 - April 11, 1970) was an American writer.

Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, he initially made a name for himself with his short stories and later became a best-selling novelist whose works include Appointment in Samarra and Butterfield 8. He was particularly known for an uncannily accurate ear for dialogue. O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the socially ambitious.