Ten North Frederick

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First edition
(publ. Random House, 1955)

Ten North Frederick is a novel by John O'Hara, published by Random House in 1955. It tells the story of Joe Chapin, an ambitious American who desires to become President, along with those of his patrician wife, two rebellious children, and mistress.

Ten North Frederick won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.[1]

It was adapted as a 1958 film of the same name starring Gary Cooper as Chapin.


  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1956". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
    (With essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
Preceded by
A Fable
William Faulkner
National Book Award for Fiction
Succeeded by
The Field of Vision
Wright Morris