Mr. Roberts and American Remembering; or, Why Major Major Major Major Looks Like Henry Fonda

@article{Beidler1996MrRA,
  title={Mr. Roberts and American Remembering; or, Why Major Major Major Major Looks Like Henry Fonda},
  author={Philip D. Beidler},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={1996},
  volume={30},
  pages={47 - 64}
}
  • P. Beidler
  • Published 1 April 1996
  • Sociology
  • Journal of American Studies
Although the idea may be hard for us to imagine fifty years later, especially given the historical weight of the subject, the first of the great postwar entertainment classics to come out of the American experience of World War II took shape initially as a set of comic short stories by Thomas Heggen about the backwater Pacific Navy. Gathered into a slim 1946 novel, the stories became the basis of a hit Broadway play of 1948; and that play in turn became the basis of an extraordinarily popular… 

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