For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.
I have an appointment with him tonight in Sammarra.
As fast as his horse could gallop, he rode toward Sammarra.
John O’Hara writer of The Butterfield 8 and Appointment to Sammarra was plagued by a sense of inferiority for not going college, so much so he became a near bibliophile about ivy-league matters.
Here Are The Facts: In 1925, O’Hara’s father a skilled skull surgeon who purchased the mansion formerly been owned by the Yuengling brewing family, died intestate and left the family bankrupt. If he could not attend Yale in the proper style, O’Hara saw no point of attending at all. Still, he collected cut ties and rosettes and learned everything Yale, and for a while, even resided in New Haven. Hemingway once snidely remarked, "Someone should take up a collection to send John O'Hara to Yale." Later in life, he desperately wanted to be given an honorary degree, but Yale did not grant him the honor because he asked for it.
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