Re: RARA-AVIS: Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, by David Madden 1968

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 04 Sep 2006

Ed Lynskey wrote:

Thanks for the interesting (and detailed) overview of Madden's collection of essays. As an aside, Bruccoli was a fan of Ed Lacy. More to the point, I believe O'Hara has fallen out of favor in The Academy though in his day, he was widely read if not overpublished. I've enjoyed several of his novels, including
_Samarra_ and _From the Terrace_. I didn't realize that O'Hara's first book coincided with Cain's

************ Glad you liked it, Ed! I agree with you on O'Hara falling out of favor. Of the little I've read about him (Gore Vidal and Edmund Wilson), both consider him a successful social historian, but not much of a writer. The only thing I've read by O'Hara is Appointment in Samarra, and I thought it was good. Jack Bludis has long recommended Butterfield 8 (?). I'd like to give it a try some time.


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