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Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (1905–1976) was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. One of the famous Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify about his alleged communist affiliations before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Blacklisted from the film industry and charged with contempt of Congress, he served an eleven-month prison sentence. Johnny Got His Gun is the most highly acclaimed work of Trumbo’s extraordinary career, the idea for which came to Trumbo after he learned of a British soldier who was seriously injured during World War I.