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Author Name:    O'HARA, John

Title:   Elizabeth Appleton. First British Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Cresset Press, London, 1963, 

Seller ID:   104294

O'HARA, John. Elizabeth Appleton. (London) : The Cresset Press, (1963). First British Edition. Pp (8),3-279,(3). 8vo, red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Bruccoli, John O’Hara : A Descriptive Bibliography. A23.2. "Like Trollope, John O'Hara excels himself when he is describing the social and domestic strains and stresses of a closely knit community. In his latest novel, the setting of which is once again that New World Barsetshire he has created in provincial Pennsylvania, he investigates with his customary shrewdness and detachment a group of people in the small college town of Valley Springs. For one reason or another, for good or ill according to the nature of their commitmcnt, each of them has an interest in Elizabeth Appleton, the central figure in their little world. Attractive, intelligent, and 'socially* their superior, she has been brought into their lives by her marriage to theDean of the College who in due course is regarded, if not generally accept ed, as its presumptive President. In such a situation the Appletons are vulnerable targets for curiosity, envy, and jealousy. Her marriage and his academic career become involved in a web of intrigue, deception, snobbery, andmischievous gossip. They survive the ordeal as well as their mutual infide lity, doubt, and disillusionment, because when all is said and done (as only ]ohn O'Hara can say and do this sort of thing) they find their true selves in reconciliation and acceptance." (from the dj). Slightly cocked, minor spotting to top edge, else very good in spine-browned, nicked, but unclipped, dustjacket. 25.00


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