Key West Tales by John Hersey

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Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him. From the author of A Bell For Adano and Hiroshima comes this final collections of stories.

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John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China on June 17, 1914 where he lived until 1925 when his family went back to the United States. Hersey worked as a journalist and war correspondent during World War II for Time Magazine and became well known from those writings on the war. He was Master at Pierson College at Yale from 1965 to 1970 and spent the following year as Writer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He was a past President of the Authors League of America and was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Arms and Letters to be their chancellor. Hersey's first novel was "A Bell for Adano," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The following year he wrote "Hiroshima," which was an account of nuclear devastation and human suffering. Hersey was outspoken against the bombing, leading the fight to reclaim humanity, and spoke out against the nuclear arms race. Hersey was also interested and involved in American public education and he published "The Child Buyer" in 1960. "Key West Tales" was published in 1993. Hersey retired from Yale University and lived between Key West, Florida and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On March 24, 1993, John Hersey died at his home in Key West leaving behind his wife Barbara, five children and six grandchildren.
Published December 14, 1993 by Knopf. 227 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Other stories are little more than sketches, but even these short takes earn their keep: In ``Page Two,'' Hersey writes fake crime reports, notably of a robbery that included among its booty Chinese satin shoes that ``had slender upsweeping forms at the front like swan's necks.'' The perpetrator ...

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This posthumous collection of stories, set in a place Hersey loved, may be the last work we shall see from this greatly gifted writer.

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Published posthumously, this collection of stories by Hersey offers a tapestry of life in Key West.

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