John O'Hara (on the left), receiving the Award of Merit for the Novel, the National Institute of Arts and Letters annual awards ceremony, May 20, 1964.
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O'Hara is receiving an award from John Hershey, as both men stand face to face.

Credit: Reproduced with the permission of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Library, the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, John O'Hara Collection

By the 1950s and 1960s John O’Hara’s style of “sociological” fiction had fallen out of fashion, especially among critics, some of whom found his prose excessively wordy and detailed. During his lifetime, however, O’Hara produced an impressive and important body of work that documented America as he saw it. 

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