Joseph Hergesheimer

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Birthday
15, 1880
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Apr 25, 1954 (74)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1880
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Apr 25, 1954 (74)

About

An early twentieth-century American writer of naturalistic novels depicting upper-class life, he is best known for works such as Java Head, Linda Condon, and Balisand. Several of his literary works, including The Bright Shawl, Cytherea, and Wild Oranges, were adapted into films.

Before Fame

He briefly studied art but quickly decided to pursue writing instead. He published The Lay Anthony, his first novel, in 1914.

Trivia

His short story "Tol'able David" was adapted into a critically-acclaimed silent film in 1921.

Family Life

He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died in New Jersey and was laid to rest next to his wife Dorothy.

Associated With

In Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis references Hergesheimer's novel Three Black Pennies.

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