Nordhoff, Charles, 1887-1947

Alternative names
Birth 1887-02-01
Death 1947-04-10
French, English

Biographical notes:

Charles Bernard Nordhoff, American writer, grandson of Charles Nordhoff. He collaborated with James Norman Hall to write The Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, Pitcaim's Island, and other novels.

From the description of Papers of Charles Nordhoff, 1907-1953 1909-1947. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228770296

Biographical Note

Novelist Charles Bernard Nordhoff (1887-1947), alone and in collaboration with James Norman Hall, drew from experiences in turn-of-the-century California, where he was raised, in France during his stint as a pilot and ambulance driver during World War I, and in the South Seas, notably Tahiti, as well as from historical events and native myths to produce successful and popular novels. During the course of his life he authored or co-authored sixteen books between 1919 and 1946, as well as numerous articles and essays.

Nordhoff was best-known for his collaborative efforts with Hall in the writing of Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, and Pitcairn's Island. The two men's approaches combined well, as they often wrote alternating chapters in their works, integrating their styles more and more seamlessly as the years passed.

From the guide to the Charles Bernard Nordhoff Papers, 1880-1950, (The Huntington Library)


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