Sermons and Soda-Water. By John O’Hara. First Trade Editions, First Printings. Random House. New York, 1960.


American author John O’Hara was one of the most popular fiction writers of his era. A prolific short story writer, he helped to revitalize the literary short story in the twentieth century, with major contributions to notable magazines, especially the New Yorker. His friends and contemporaries–including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck–praised his work both publicly and privately. Writers from the following generation, such as John Updike, expressed supreme admiration for O’Hara as well. Yet major literary awards alluded O’Hara, save a National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick. O’Hara also often refused to reprint his short stories in anthologies, and so much of his achievements have been overlooked by readers today. But for those who pick up his fiction, he tends to prove a spectacular literary talent, especially if one can overlook that his stories are full of alcoholics, chauvinists, and privilege. In Sermons and Soda-Water, O’Hara presents one of his best-selling and most cited texts, a perfect hybrid of novel and short story–a trilogy of novellas. They follow Jim Malloy, a protagonist with uncanny resemblance to O’Hara himself, as he cycles through a series of relationships and career experiences. Set in the 1920s and 30s, the work is quintessentially O’Hara. It is often cited as one of his best, alongside Appointment in Samarra and Ten North Frederick.

This first trade edition set of first printings is in about-fine condition. In the original cloth boards, about-fine with only minor bumps to spine ends and edges, and fading to spine. Text blocks fine. In the original slipcase, about-fine with only minor chipping. Original price sticker to slipcase spine. This first trade edition set is preceded only by a signed limited issue.

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Sermons and Soda-Water. By John O’Hara. First Trade Editions, First Printings. Random House. New York, 1960.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in