Books: Frustrated Pygmalion

THE LOCKWOOD CONCERN by John O'Hara. 407 pages. Random House. $4.95.

Since the deaths of Faulkner and Hemingway, John O'Hara is unquestionably the most famous of living American novelists. Yet he is notoriously discontented with this grudgingly conceded eminence; he is given to complaints that he never won the highbrow vote or the Nobel Prize. And critics who find his work unsatisfactory put him into a considerable swivet.

However, there is evidence that O'Hara shares the critics' dissatisfaction with his creatures—a circumstance that may explain his touchiness. At all events, in his latest novel...

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