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BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara - Paperback - September 1960 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000003088)

BUtterfield 8

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BUtterfield 8

by John O'Hara

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New York: Bantam, September 1960. Mass Market Paperback. H2104. 11th printing. Good. Tanned. Text unmarked. Not from a library. 280 pages.

A roman à clef loosely based upon the life of socialite and flapper Starr Faithfull, whose unsolved death in 1931 became a tabloid sensation. Made into a movie which won Elizabeth Taylor won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. The novel explores the life of a young woman having an affair with an older, married businessman. Set in New York circa 1931, it fills in her family background and sexual history, and it locates her within a circle of friends, their relationships, and economic struggles, providing a closely observed tour of the sordid and sensational lives of people on the fringe of café society and the underworld.


'The real F. Scott Fitzgerald' Fran Lebowitz'On this Sunday morning in May, this girl who was later to be the cause of a sensation in New York awoke much too early for her night before'... This particular morning Gloria finds herself alone in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress and her stockings and panties. When she takes a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she sets in train a series of events that will lead to tragedy. A bestseller on its first publication, BUtterfield 8 is the glittering story of a 1930s glamour girl whose ill-starred entanglement with a respectable married man is set against a backdrop of Manhattan bars and bedrooms.


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BUtterfield 8
John O'Hara
Mass Market Pa
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Used - Good
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Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
September 1960
fiction, biographical, roman à clef, Starr Faithfull, flappers, suspense, mistresses, women, young poor women, New York
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History; Fiction; Biographies; Erotica; Domestic and Family Fiction;

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