Magazine October 24, 2016, Issue

Class Act

John O’Hara: Stories, edited by Charles McGrath (Library of America, 880 pp., $40)

First famous, then forgotten: Such is the melancholy fate of most best-selling writers. Saddest of all, though, is the permanent eclipse of the popular novelist with pretensions to literary distinction. No one ever thought that Harold Robbins or Sidney Sheldon would do anything other than go up the spout as soon as he died, save (perhaps) for Messrs. Robbins and Sheldon themselves. Not so John O’Hara, who was so sure of himself that he actually thought he had a shot at the Nobel Prize. When he died in 1970, he left instructions that the following epitaph be carved on his

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Terry TeachoutMr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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