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FILES ON PARADE—John O'Hara—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Though he has neither Lardner's indescribable humor nor Hemingway's Paris-found sense of style, John O'Hara ranks with them as a first-class, far from phoney reporter. Appointment in Samarra, his first and best novel, was good enough and true enough to make anything he wrote thereafter worth reading. Probably most worth reading are his acid short stories.

For this second collection O'Hara has written his first Foreword, a modest, touchy acknowledgment of his pleasure in other people's short stories and in his own. Then there are 35 stories in which...

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