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Charles Nordhoff

  • Birth 1 Feb 1887 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 10 Apr 1947 Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Burial Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, USA
  • Plot Block J
  • Memorial ID 25110092

Author. He collaborated with James Norman Hall on a number of adventure stories set in the South Seas. They won international fame for their historical novel "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1932) and its sequels, "Men Against the Sea" (1933) and "Pitcairn's Island" (1934). The trilogy is a fictionalized retelling of the mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789, Captain William Bligh's perilous 3700-mile open boat voyage to safety, and the fate of mutineer Fletcher Christian and his cohorts. "Mutiny on the Bounty" was filmed in 1935 and 1962, and has done more to popularize this factual event than any other source. Charles Bernard Nordhoff was born in London to American parents, and raised in the US wherever his father's business interests took them, primarily Pennsylvania and California. After graduating from Harvard in 1909 he managed a sugar plantation in Mexico and a brick factory near Los Angeles. He served in the Lafayette Flying Corps during World War I, where he met fellow pilot and aspiring writer Hall. Their first joint literary effort, "The Lafayette Flying Corps" (1920), recounted their war experiences. In 1920 the two went to Tahiti to write travel articles for Harper's magazine; Nordhoff would live there for 20 years, while Hall became a permanent resident. Both married women of Tahitian ancestry. After the "Bounty" trilogy established them as a successful team they went on to write the novels "The Hurricane" (1936), "The Dark River" (1938), and "No More Gas" (1940). The partnership ended in 1941 after Nordhoff returned to the US, though Hall gave his friend coauthor credit on three more books he wrote mostly himself, "Botany Bay" (1941), "Men Without Country" (1942), and "High Barbaree" (1945). Nordhoff's solo novels include "Picaro" (1924), "The Pearl Lagoon" (1924), and "The Derelict" (1928). His last years were spent in Montecito, California.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Nordhoff (1 Feb 1887–10 Apr 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25110092, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, San Bernardino County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .