chapter  37
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Eugene O’brien, He Swung and He Missed

The writing style of He Swung and He Missed (Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937) is certainly unpretentious. As L. J. H. Jr. wrote in the Saturday Review of Literature (August 28, 1937), “The story is told in the oversimplified style of an elementary-school primer. No characterization is attempted beyond the rudimentary, and the only intellectual attitude expressed is that of a man with a grievance.” The central character has not got much beyond the elementary school primer and looks at life with about the same amount of innocence and inexperience.