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John Hersey
John Hersey, 1958, photographed by Carl Van Vechten
John Hersey, 1958,
photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Born John Richard Hersey
(1914-06-17)June 17, 1914
Tientsin, China
Died March 24, 1993(1993-03-24) (aged 78)
Key West, Florida
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • novelist
  • professor
Notable works Hiroshima
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for "A Bell for Adano"
Spouses
  • Frances Ann Cannon
    (m. 1940; div. 1958)
  • Barbara Day Addams (m. 1959)
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John Richard Hersey (June 17, 1914 – March 24, 1993) was an American writer and journalist. He is considered one of the earliest practitioners of the so-called New Journalism, in which storytelling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reportage. Hersey's account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, was adjudged the finest piece of American journalism of the 20th century by a 36-member panel associated with New York University's journalism department.

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