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American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. John Richard Hersey ( � ) was born in China to missionary parents. The family returned to U.S. where he graduated from the Hotchkiss School and Yale University () before doing graduate study as a Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University (-). During summer of worked as a personal secretary for Sinclair Lewis and, that fall, started work at TIME magazine as an editor and correspondent. Two years later, being fluent in Chinese, he was transferred to China as TIME's correspondent in the Far East. During World War II, he also wrote articles for Life and The New Yorker as he reported on the war from China and Japan (), the South Pacific (), Sicily and the Mediterranean (), and Moscow (-). His Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Bell for Adano, was based on his experiences during the Allied occupation of Sicily. While traveling to Japan and China for Life and The New Yorker in -, he reported on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in a story for The New Yorker about the effects of the bombing on 6 victims. Often regarded as his most important work, it was published as a book under the title Hiroshima in . While the Master of Pierson College at Yale (-), he wrote The Algiers Motel Incident () after the racist killings by the Detroit police lead to riots, and then Letter to the Alumni () about the New Haven Black Panther trial. Beginning in , he served Yale as a lecturer and then as an adjunct professor of English until his retirement in . His first book, Men on Bataan , was followed by numerous non-ficition books and novels. With his novel The Child Buyer, which reflected some of the educational thinking, Hersey turned his efforts to education, racism, democracy, personal freedom, fascism, and other issues of modern society. He had uncommon ability to translate the feelings of those impacted by epic disasters, such as the Holocaust or Hiroshima, to the average reader.
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