Literary Landmark: John Hersey’s Key West house

Key West, Fla.
Dedicated: January 15, 1995

The home of John Hersey in Key West, Florida was designated a Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA on January 15th, 1995. The designation ceremony was done on the last day of the annual Key West Literary Seminar.

John Hersey, son of missionary parents, was born on June 17th, 1914 in China. He attended Yale and began writing for the university paper early on. Hersey wrote more than twenty-five books and numerous articles. He became known for his commentaries on the war and the nuclear arms race. Hersey received two Pulitzer prizes for his novels Bell for Adano and Hiroshima. He also wrote The Wall, a report on the revolt of the Warsaw ghetto.

John Hersey died on March 24th, 1993.


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