Books: The Real Malloy


by FINIS FARR 300 pages. Little, Brown. $8.50.

In 1960, with a decade of hard work and good living still left to him, John O'Hara published Sermons and Soda-Water, a collection of three novellas written in the voice of James Malloy, the writer's most obvious fictional alter ego. Like O'Hara, Malloy was the son of a small-town doctor, had been a newspaper reporter, pressagent and screenwriter. Now he was introduced as a successful novelist devoting himself to "the last, simple but big task of putting it all down as well as I knew...

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