James Norman Hall

James Norman Hall

James Norman Hall (22 April 1887 – 5 July 1951) was an American author best known for the novel Mutiny on the Bounty with co-author Charles Nordhoff.

Hall was born in Colfax, Iowa, where he attended the local schools. Hall graduated from Grinnell College in 1910 and became a social worker in Boston, Massachusetts, while trying to establish himself as a writer and studying for a Master's degree from Harvard University.

Hall was on vacation in the United Kingdom in the summer of 1914, when World War I began. Posing as a Canadian, he enlisted in the British Army, serving in the Royal Fusiliers as a machine gunner during the Battle of Loos. He was discharged after his true nationality was discovered, and he returned to the United States and wrote his first book, Kitchener's Mob (1916), recounting his wartime experiences.

Returning to France, in 1916 Hall joined the Lafayette Escadrille, an American volunteer flying squadron in the French Air Force. During his time in the Escadrille, Hall was awarded the Croix de Guerre with five palms and the Médaille Militaire. When the United States entered the war, Hall was made a Captain in the Army Air Service. There he met another American pilot, Charles Nordhoff. After being shot down over enemy lines, Hall spent the last months of the war as a German prisoner of war. After being released, he was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur and the American Distinguished Service Cross.

After the war, Hall spent much of his life on the island of Tahiti, where he and Nordhoff, who had also moved there, wrote a number of successful adventure books (including the Bounty trilogy). In addition to the various Bounty films, other film adaptations of his fiction include The Hurricane (1937), which starred his nephew Jon Hall; Passage to Marseille (1944), featuring Humphrey Bogart; and Botany Bay (1953), with Alan Ladd.

In 1925, Hall married Sarah (Lala) Winchester, who was part-Polynesian. They had two children: the cinematographer Conrad Hall (1926–2003) and Nancy Hall-Rutgers (born 1930). Hall died in Tahiti and is buried on the hillside property just above the modest wooden house he and Lala lived in for many years.

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Botany Bay
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Dark River
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Doctor Dogbody's Leg
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Faery Lands of the South Seas
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Falcons of France
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Far Lands
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Forgotten One
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High Adventure
by James Norman Hall
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High Barbaree
by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
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Kitchener's Mob
by James Norman Hall
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Lafayette Flying Corps
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Lafayette Flying Corps Volume 1
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Lost Island
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Men Against the Sea
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Men Against the Sea
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Men Without Country
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Mid-Pacific
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Mother Goose Land
by James Norman Hall
Mutiny on the Bounty
by Charles Nordhoff & James Normal Hall
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Mutiny on the Bounty
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My Island Home: An Autobiography
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No More Gas
by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
On the Stream of Travel
by James Norman Hall
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Pitcairn's Island
by Charles Nordhoff & James Normal Hall
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Pitcairn's Island
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Tale of a Shipwreck
by James Norman Hall, illustrated by W. Alister MacDonald
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The Hurricane
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The Hurricane
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Under a Thatched Roof
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Word for His Sponser
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