Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976.
American screenwriter and novelist born in Montrose, Colorado, best known for his
left wing politics and blacklisting from the film industry between 1947 and 1960 as one of the
"Hollywood Ten." He continued to write for the screen under pseudonyms during the period, some
of his films winning academy awards.
Johnny Got His Gun. 1939.
Anti-war novel featuring the plight and reminiscences of Joe Bonham, a World War I who lost
his limbs and face in an explosion and is thereafter confined to a hospital, blind, helpless,
speechless, and able to communicate with the staff only by banging his head in Morse code. Revisiting
his memories of his earlier life to retain his sanity, his ambition is to be sent on tour as a living
exhibit of the horrors of war, a hope casually dismissed by his caretakers. Winner of the 1939 National
Book Award. Adapted to radio in 1940, film in 1971 (in a version directed by Trumbo himself), radio
in 1982, and film (again) in 2008.
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