Décembre 1930, vacances de Noël. Gibbsville, petite bourgade tranquille de Pennsylvanie, est en pleine effervescence. On y danse et on y boit, dans les bars louches comme dans le milieu très fermé de l'élite locale. Parmi les membres de cette élite se trouvent Julian et Caroline English. En pleine réception, Julian lance le contenu de son verre à la figure de Harry Reilly, sans raison apparente... simplement par agacement. Sans qu'il le sache, ce geste impulsif vient de précipiter Julian English dans une spirale autodestructrice.
Exploration crue et directe des rapports entre les sexes, autopsie de la vie de province américaine, pessimisme omniprésent : autant d'éléments qui ont fait de ce livre un chef-d'oeuvre précurseur de tout un pan de la littérature américaine.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Marcelle Sibon
New York, 1930. James Malloy, jeune journaliste chargé de rédiger des rubriques nécrologiques de célébrités, est engagé comme attaché de presse par une société de production cinématographique pour jouer les chevaliers servants auprès
de Charlotte Sears, une star en visite. Charlotte n'a pas encore quarante ans, mais sa carrière est déjà sur le déclin. Elle est maltraitée par son producteur qui fait tout pour rompre son contrat, et ses amours ne lui apportent pas plus de réconfort.
Pourtant, elle n'est dupe de rien et force l'admiration de Malloy. Tout en multipliant les histoires sans lendemain, elle entretient une relation secrète avec Thomas R. Hunterden, mystérieux homme d'affaires lié à la pègre, qui éveille la curiosité de James
et avec lequel elle a un accident de voiture au retour d'une réception.
Ami d'Hemingway et de Fitzgerald, surnommé « le Balzac américain », John O'Hara dresse dans ce court roman le portrait désenchanté d'une société du paraître, cancanière et tapageuse, où les étoiles d'un jour peuvent brusquement tomber dans l'oubli.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Caroline Didi.
New York, 1931. Gloria Wandrous collectionne les amants et écume les clubs clandestins dont regorge la ville en pleine prohibition. Assumant sa beauté et sa sexualité très libre, elle provoque et vient bousculer les mondains de la haute société new yorkaise.
Sa dernière conquête, Weston Liggett, est marié et père de famille. Obsédé par Gloria, Weston songe à tout quitter pour elle. Cette fois, elle pourrait bien succomber à la tentation d'une vie rangée auprès de lui, à moins que le destin n'en décide autrement.
L'enfer commence avec elle nous replonge avec délice dans l'univers cher à Scott Fitzgerald et Dorothy Parker, à travers une comédie de mœurs à la frontière du roman noir.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Yves Malartic, traduction révisée par Mathilde Desprez.
'On this Sunday morning in May, this girl who was later to be the cause of a sensation in New York awoke much too early for her night before'... This particular morning Gloria finds herself alone in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress and her stockings and panties. When she takes a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she sets in train a series of events that will lead to tragedy. A bestseller on its first publication, BUtterfield 8 is the glittering story of a 1930s glamour girl whose ill-starred entanglement with a respectable married man is set against a backdrop of Manhattan bars and bedrooms.
When the beautiful, imperious and moneyed Grace Caldwell Tate wants something she goes after it. Her affair scandalises Pennsylvania's elite and she must face the costs to her marriage and the man she really loves.A bestseller on publication in 1949, A Rage to Live, is a candid tale of idealists and libertines, tradesmen and crusaders, men of violence and goodwill, and women of fierce strength and tenderness.
John O'Hara remains the great chronicler of American society, and nowhere are his powers more evident than in his portraits of New York's so-called Golden Age. Unsparingly observed, brilliantly cutting and always on the tragic edge of epiphany, the stories collected here are among O'Hara's finest work, and show why he still stands as the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.
These are refreshingly frank, sparely written stories that expose the world of bartenders and 'b-girls', car washers and criminals. John O'Hara dissects the subtleties that bind humans together and the pressures that separate them.WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY E. L. DOCTOROW
The bestselling novel that became an Oscar-winning film starring Elizabeth Taylor about New York's speakeasy generation
A masterpiece of American fiction and a bestseller upon its publication in 1935, BUtterfield 8 lays bare with brash honesty the unspoken and often shocking truths that lurked beneath the surface of a society still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression. One Sunday morning, Gloria wakes up in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress, stockings, and panties. When she steals a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she unleashes a series of events that can only end in tragedy. Inspired by true events, this novel caused a sensation on its publication for its frank depiction of the relationship between a wild and beautiful young woman and a respectable, married man.
The writer Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book
One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.
Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O’Hara’s iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream--and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.
Collected for the first time, the New York stories of John O'Hara, "among the greatest short story writers in English, or in any other language" (Brendan Gill, Here at The New Yorker)
Collected for the first time, here are the New York stories of one of the twentieth century's definitive chroniclers of the city-'the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than thirty refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy dialogue, telling details and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.
The National Book Award-winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called 'the real F. Scott Fitzgerald'
Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed to have it all. But as his daughter looks back on his life, a different man emerges: one in conflict with his ambitious and shrewish wife, terrified that the misdeeds of his children will dash his political dreams, and in love with a model half his age. With black wit and penetrating insight, Ten North Frederick stands with Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, Evan S. Connell's Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, the stories of John Cheever, and Mad Men as a brilliant portrait of the personal and political hypocrisy of mid-century America.
For its 75th anniversary and Frank Sinatra’s centennial: the Jazz Age masterpiece that inspired the iconic Sinatra film and the hit Broadway musical, and featuring the musical’s libretto and lyrics
On the seedy side of Chicago nightlife in the 1930s, Joey Evans is a poor man’s Bing Crosby--a big-talking, small-time nightclub crooner down on his luck but always on the make. In slangy, error-littered letters signed “Pal Joey,” he recounts his exploits with brash nightclub managers, shady business partners, and every pretty girl (“mouse”) he meets. Charismatic yet conniving, Pal Joey is a smooth operator whose bravado and big ideas disguise a far less self-assured soul, caught up in the rags-to-riches dream of the Jazz Age.
Originally serialized in The New Yorker and the inspiration for the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical of the same name and the 1957 film starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, and Rita Hayworth, Pal Joey is the story of a true “heel,” as complex and memorable as any antihero in American literature.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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The tax protester manifesto, written by a leading organizer of the tea party protests On April 15, 2009, a grassroots contingency of Americans that would soon become known around the world as the Tea Party made front-page news. Angered by years of excessive government spending-taxpayer financed bailouts of businesses deemed too big to fail and taxpayer handouts to special interest groups-Americans of all ages and all walks of life took to the streets to take back their country. A New American Tea Party: The Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts, Reckless Spending, and More Taxes is their story, and it's your guide for contributing to the movement to rein in government spending. The book
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