JOHN HERSEY - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HARPER LEE, ALLEN DRURY, WILLIAM C. STYRON, SHIRLEY ANN GRAU, JAMES A. MICHENER - HFSID 180796
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AUTHORS: PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING FICTION WRITERSA diverse group of authors who won the Pulitzer Prize sign a First Day Cover honoring "A Nation of Readers". First Day Cover signed: "James A. Michener/1992", "Harper Lee", "John Hersey", "Allen Drury", "William Styron" and "Shirley Ann Grau", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring "A Nation of Readers", 20-cent stamp picturing President Abraham Lincoln reading to his son Tad affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., October 16, 1984, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. JAMES A. MICHENER (1907-1997), a former naval historian in the South Pacific, was known for his epic novels tracing the roots of his exotic locales and their people. His 1959 novel, Hawaii, was made into a motion picture in 1966 and earned seven Academy Award nominations. His most famous work, Tales of the South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was made into a Tony Award-winning play and Oscar-winning film (South Pacific, 1958). While his later novels, such as Centennial (1974), Chesapeake (1978), and Space (1982) focused on American themes, his tales of foreign settings mesmerized readers. Author HARPER LEE (1926-2016) published two books over the course of her life: 1960's To Kill a Mockingbird won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and is considered one of the finest examples of American literature. This appeared to be the only book she would ever publish, but a sequel to the classic titled Go Set a Watchman was published a year before her death. A former war correspondent in the Pacific and Europe for Time magazine (1939-1945), JOHN HERSEY (1914-1993) brought vivid accounts of war to readers in such books as Men on Bataan (1942), Hiroshima (1946),and The Wall (1950). A Bell for Adano (1944), the story of the Allied occupation of Italy, won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ALLEN DRURY (1918-1998), a veteran journalist who covered the U.S. Senate for "The New York Times", published 18 novels, including Advise and Consent, which won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Decision (1983), a novel set in the Supreme Court; and five nonfiction books. WILLIAM STYRON (1925-2006) was awarded the 1968 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Confessions of Nat Turner, a first-person account of an 1831 slave rebellion. In 1980, Styron wrote the successful Sophie's Choice. Southern novelist and short story writer SHIRLEY ANN GRAU (1929-2020) is known for her exploration of race and gender, focusing on her childhood in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. Her collection of short stories The Black Prince (1955) was nominated for the National Book Award in 1956 and her sagaThe Keepers of the House (1964)was awarded the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her other works include The Hard Blue Sky (1958), The Wind Shifting West (1973) and Roadwalkers (1994). Fine condition.
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