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FICTION/O'Hara, John
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Series
Modern Library classics
Subjects
Published
New York : Modern Library 2003.
Edition
2003 Modern Library pbk. ed
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published: 1935.
Physical Description
xv, 228 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
0812966988
9780812966985
Main Author
John O'Hara, 1905-1970 (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Caught up in the fast life of 1930s New York City, Gloria Wandrous becomes tragically involved with a married man.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A 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."O'Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape characters," Fran Lebowitz writes in her Introduction. With brash honesty and a flair for the unconventional, Butterfield 8 lays bare the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A 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. “O’Hara understood better than any other American writer how class can both reveal and shape character,” Fran Lebowitz writes in her Introduction. With brash honesty and a flair for the unconventional, BUtterfield 8 lays bare the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. The result is a masterpiece of American fiction.