The following was submitted by Society member Charles McElwee.
The John O'Hara Cult, at Least, Is Faithful
BY WILLIAM GRIMES
Published: November 9, 1996
Few writers have fallen further or faster in critical esteem than John O'Hara. Once mentioned in the same breath with big guns like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, he took his reputation with him when he died in 1970. But it may be too soon to write him off.
An O'Hara cult exists, and five of its most dedicated members gathered at Fred's restaurant Thursday on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for a panel discussion organized by Harold M. Evans, the president and publisher of Random House adult trade books, whose Modern Library division has reissued ''Appointment in Samarra'' and recently a collection of novellas. The zealots were the journalist Gay Talese, the novelist Louis Begley, the essayist Fran Lebowitz, the historian Shelby Foote and David Brown, a former film executive who worked with O'Hara in Hollywood.