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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Gould Cozzens  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: August 19, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: August 9, 1978 in Stuart, Florida

-- James Gould Cozzens on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Cozzens was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Cozzens spent his entire life as a writer. He also taught children of American engineers in Tuinuco, Cuba, spent one year in Europe as a traveling tutor, was a librarian at the New York Athletic Club, worked in advertising, served in the military and was an associate editor of Fortune magazine.

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Titles At Your Library

S S San Pedro
ISBN: 0156848309

Harcourt. 1968

The Last Adam
ISBN: 0881842109

Carroll & Graf Pub. 1986

When the local doctor's carelessness leads to an outbreak of typhoid fever, the people of a small Connecticut town take action


NY: Harcourt, Brace and World/Harvest Books. 1962

The Just and the Unjust
ISBN: 0156465787

Houghton Mifflin. 1965

In The Just and the Unjust, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Gould Cozzens examines the ways in which freedom under the law operates in a democracy when a murder trial dominates the life of a small town.

Guard of Honor (Modern Library)
ISBN: 0679603050

Modern Library. 1998

Guard of Honor is a neglected masterpiece that stands comparison with the greatest novels of the Second World War--essayist Noel Perrin deemed it "probably the best war novel of the twentieth century."
----James Gould Cozzens's Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas. As Noel Perrin commented in The Washington Post Book World: "There is material for two or three hundred movies in Guard of Honor."
----"No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it," said Orville Prescott in The New York Times. As Brendan Gill observed in The New Yorker: "Every page of Guard of Honor gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork."

The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-
dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

Morning Noon & Night
ISBN: 0151621608

Harcourt, Brace & World. 1968

Stated first edition.


Guard of Honor

  • Pulitzer Prize