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.

Average rating: 3.98 · 69,787 ratings · 3,688 reviews · 67 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hiroshima

3.98 avg rating — 57,247 ratings — published 1946 — 132 editions
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A Bell for Adano

3.97 avg rating — 7,473 ratings — published 1944 — 33 editions
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The Wall

4.28 avg rating — 1,875 ratings — published 1950 — 14 editions
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A Single Pebble

3.63 avg rating — 439 ratings — published 1956 — 9 editions
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White Lotus

4.15 avg rating — 321 ratings — published 1965 — 10 editions
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The Child Buyer

3.80 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 1960 — 18 editions
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The Algiers Motel Incident

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3.83 avg rating — 200 ratings — published 1968 — 8 editions
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My Petition for More Space

3.92 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 1974 — 5 editions
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Blues

3.95 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 1987 — 7 editions
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Antonietta

3.71 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 1991 — 5 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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