John O'Hara, circa 1960.
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John O'Hara in his original study.

Credit: Reproduced with the permission of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Library, the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, photo by Martin d'Arcy

One of the great American novelists of the twentieth century, John O’Hara set more than fifty of his short stories and eight of his novels in “Gibbsville,” a fictionalized reworking of his hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. In them, O’Hara provided his readers a glimpse into the worlds of well-to-do Americans and class conflict in the old coal towns of Schuylkill County.

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