James Lansdale Hodson (1891-1956) was a British novelist, scriptwriter
and journalist. He was a war correspondent and northern editor of the
Bury, Lancashire in 1891, Hodson worked as a war correspondent
during World War II, and he wrote a war diary that was published by
Victor Gollancz as a series of 7 books; Through the Dark Night,
Towards the Morning, Before Daybreak, 'War in the Sun, Home Front, And
Yet I like America and The Sea and the Land. He also wrote the
official British film Desert Victory. He toured the United States from
1943-4, writing And Yet I Like America on his return. His 1952
novel Morning Star had as its theme the freedom of the press in
England. His novel Return To The Wood (1955) became a play (by John
Wilson) and then a film (1964, directed by
Joseph Losey and starring
Dirk Bogarde), both called King & Country.
He died aged 65 on 28 August 1956 at Lewisham Hospital.
^ a b James L. Hodson Archive, Manchester City Council
^ Calder, Robert (2004). Beware the British Serpent: The Role of
Writers in British Propaganda in the United States, 1939-1945.
McGill-Queen's Press. p. 87. ISBN 0773526889.
^ Whitman, Alden (25 May 1952). "Fleet Street Colossus; MORNING STAR.
By James Lansdale Hodson. 375 pp. New York: Simon & Schuster". New
York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
^ Whetstone, David (16 March 2009). "Memories stirred for stage
veteran". The Journal. Newcastle.
^ "British Novelist Dies". Los Angeles Times. 29 August 1956.
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