• "Mr O'Hara's eyes and ears have been spared nothing, but he has kept in his heart a curious and bitter mercy"

    Dorothy Parker
  • "O'Hara writes with swift realism, wisely avoids sentimentality"

    Time Magazine
  • "

    Dramatic...exciting...vivid and written at high speed...accurate and often penetrating


    The Nation
  • "Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time, the first half of the twentieth century. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well"

    John O’Hara on John O’Hara. He had this inscribed on his gravestone.