John Hersey (17 June, 1914 – 24 March, 1993) was a prize winning American writer. Mr. Hersey is considered to be one of the earliest practitioners of New Journalism.
- His parents were Protestant missionaries, he was born in Tientsin, China.
- Mr. Hersey can trace his roots back to William Hersey (Hercy) who was one of the first settlers of Hingham, MA.
- The family came back to the New York when Mr. Hersey was ten years old.
- He played football at Yale University where one of his coaches was future President Gerald Ford. Mr. Hersey did his graduate work at the University of Cambridge.
- In 1937 Mr. Hersey got a summer job was as a private secretary / chauffer for Sinclair Lewis.
- Mr. Hersey wrote an essay on Time Magazine’s dismal quality, in the autumn of 1937 Time hired him.
- During World War II, Mr. Hersey covered the fighting in Europe and Asia for Time and Life magazines. He survived four airplane crashes and witnessed the invasion of Sicily.
- The Secretary of the Navy commanded Mr. Hersey for helping to evacuate wounded soldiers from Guadalcanal.
- Mr. Hersey’s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima is considered to be one of the best pieces of 20th Century American journalism (as judged by a panel of 36, associated with the New York University’s journalism department).
- Mr. Hersey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his novel A Bell for Adano, about the occupation of a Sicilian town by the Allies.
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