John Hersey


Born
in Tientsin, China
June 17, 1914

Died
March 24, 1993

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John Richard Hersey was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and journalist considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling devices of the novel are fused with non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of journalism of the 20th century by a 36-member panel under the aegis of New York University's journalism department. ...more

Average rating: 3.99 · 78,205 ratings · 4,293 reviews · 56 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hiroshima

3.99 avg rating — 65,175 ratings — published 1946 — 149 editions
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A Bell for Adano

3.97 avg rating — 7,747 ratings — published 1944 — 39 editions
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The Wall

4.28 avg rating — 1,930 ratings — published 1950 — 14 editions
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A Single Pebble

3.62 avg rating — 470 ratings — published 1956 — 12 editions
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White Lotus

4.17 avg rating — 341 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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The Child Buyer

3.81 avg rating — 336 ratings — published 1960 — 24 editions
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The Algiers Motel Incident

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3.83 avg rating — 222 ratings — published 1968 — 8 editions
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My Petition for More Space

3.94 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 1974 — 6 editions
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Blues

3.98 avg rating — 164 ratings — published 1987 — 7 editions
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Into the Valley: Marines at...

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4.05 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1943 — 13 editions
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“Do not work primarily for money; do your duty to patients first and let the money follow; our life is short, we don't live twice; the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile.”
John Hersey, Hiroshima

“There, in the tin factory, in the first moment of the atomic age, a human being was crushed by books.”
John Hersey, Hiroshima

“Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.”
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