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O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.
John O'Hara Collection
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes and 1.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-5


Consists chiefly of manuscripts and related material for two novels by American novelist John O'Hara: A Rage to Live (1949) and Ten North Frederick (1955).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of manuscripts of John O'hara, as well as selected correspondence. The manuscripts are for two novels by O'Hara: an uncorrected galley proof for advance readers of A Rage to Live (1949), and notes, corrected typescripts, galley proofs, and a copy of O'Hara's speech (1956) accepting the National Book Award for Ten North Frederick (1955).

Additional accessions include correspondence by O'hara to various individuals, including James E. Gowen, Barklie Henry, and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Troxell.

Collection Creator Biography:

O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.

John O'Hara was an American storywriter and best-selling novelist. Two of his best known early works are Appointment in Samarra (1934) and BUtterfield 8 (1935).

Collection History


Gift of the author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Gregory Kohles '2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

John O'Hara Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-5

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications by O'Hara: A Rage to Live (NY: Random House, 1949), Ten North Frederick (NY: Random House, 1955).

Subject Terms:
American fiction -- 20th century.
National Book Awards.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Fiction -- 20th century.
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
Speeches -- 20th century.