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James Hilton (9 September 1900 – 20 December 1954) was an English novelist best remembered for several best-sellers, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. He also wrote Hollywood screenplays. Biography Born in Leigh, Lancashire, England, Hilton was the son of John Hilton, the headmaster of Chapel End School in Walthamstow. He was educated at the Monoux School Walthamstow till 1914, then The Leys School, Cambridge, and then at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first novel and was awarded an honours degree in English literature. He started work as a journalist, first for the Manchester Guardian, then reviewing fiction for The Daily Telegraph.He wrote his two best remembered books, Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, while living in a house in Oak Hill Gardens, in Woodford Green in northeast London. The house still stands, with a blue plaque marking Hilton's residence. By 1938 he had moved to California, and his work became more connected with the Hollywood film industry. While he was in California Hilton was also host of one of radio's prestige drama anthologies, Hallmark Playhouse, from 1948 to 1952.He married Alice Brown, a secretary at the BBC, just before they left for the United States in 1935, but they divorced in 1937. He then married Galina Kopernak, but they divorced eight years later. He became an American citizen in 1948.A heavy smoker, Hilton had various health problems when he made a farewell visit to England in 1954, and in December he died at his home in Long Beach, California, from liver cancer, with his reconciled former wife Alice at his side. His obituary in The Times describes him as "a modest and retiring man for all his success; he was a keen mountaineer and enjoyed music and travel." He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Long Beach). Novels Hilton's first novel, Catherine Herself, was published in 1920 when he was still an undergraduate. The next 11 years were difficult for him, and it was not until 1931 that he had success with the novel And Now Goodbye. Following this, several of his books were international bestsellers and inspired successful film adaptations, notably Lost Horizon (1933), which won a Hawthornden Prize; Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1934); and Random Harvest (1941). After this, he continued to write, but the works were not regarded as of the same quality as his better-known novels.Hilton's books are sometimes characterised as sentimental and idealistic celebrations of English virtues. This is true of Mr. Chips, but some of his novels had a darker side. Flaws in the English society of his time—particularly narrow-mindedness and class-consciousness—were frequently his targets. His novel We Are Not Alone, despite its inspirational-sounding title, is a grim story of legally approved lynching brought on by wartime hysteria in Britain. Freud—an early admirer (though he considered The Meadows of the Moon below par)—came to conclude that Hilton had wasted his talent by being too prolific. Lost Horizon First published in 1933, this novel won Hilton the Hawthornden Prize in 1934. Later, Pocket Books, which pioneered the publication of small, soft-cover, inexpensive books, picked Lost Horizon as its first title in 1939. For that reason, the novel is frequently called the book that began the "paperback revolution." Hilton is said to have been inspired to write Lost Horizon, and to invent "Shangri-La" by reading the National Geographic Magazine articles of Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American botanist and ethnologist exploring the southwestern Chinese provinces and Tibetan borderlands. Still living in Britain at the time, Hilton was perhaps influenced by the Tibetan travel articles of early travelers in Tibet whose writings were found in the British Library. Christian Zeeman, the Danish father of the mathematician Christopher Zeeman, has also been claimed to be the model for the hero of the story. He disappeared while living in Japan (where his son was born in 1925), and was reputed to be living incognito in a Zen Buddhist monastery.Some say that the isolated valley town of Weaverville, California, in far-northern Trinity County, was a source, but this is the result of a misinterpretation of a comment by Hilton in a 1941 interview, in which he said that Weaverville reminded him of Shangri-La. Coincidentally, Junction City (about 8 miles from Weaverville) now has a Tibetan Buddhist centre with the occasional Tibetan monks in saffron robes. The name "Shangri-La" has become a byword for a mythical utopia, a permanently happy land, isolated from the world. After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, when the fact that the bombers had flown from an aircraft carrier remained highly classified, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the press facetiously that they had taken off from Shangri-La. The Navy subsequently gave that name to an aircraft carrier, and Roosevelt named his presidential retreat in Maryland Shangri-La. (Later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed the retreat Camp David after his grandson, and that name has been used for it ever since.) Zhongdian, a mountain region of south-west China, has been renamed Shangri-La (Xianggelila), based on its claim to have inspired Hilton's book. Goodbye, Mr. Chips W.H. Balgarnie, a master at the Leys School, Cambridge and Hilton's father, headmaster of Chapel End School in Walthamstow, were the inspirations for the character of Mr. Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, a best-seller. Hilton first sent the material to The Atlantic, and the magazine printed it as a short story in April 1934. On 8 June, it was published as a book. Four months later it appeared as a book in Britain. Oscar winner Hilton, who lived and worked in Hollywood beginning in the mid-1930s, won an Academy Award in 1942 for his work on the screenplay of Mrs. Miniver, based on the novel by Jan Struther. He presented six episodes of Ceiling Unlimited (1943) and hosted The Hallmark Playhouse (1948–1953) for CBS Radio. One of his later novels, Morning Journey, was about the film business. Works Adaptations and sequels of his works Some of Hilton's novels were filmed: Lost Horizon (1937, 1973) Knight Without Armour (1937) We Are Not Alone (1939) with a screenplay by Hilton Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939, 1969, 1984, 2002) Rage in Heaven (1941) Random Harvest (1942), reprised on radio in 1943 The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944), starring Gary Cooper So Well Remembered (1947) starring John Mills and narrated by HiltonHilton co-wrote the book and lyrics for Shangri-La, a disastrous 1956 Broadway musical adaptation of Lost Horizon. There is one sequel to Lost Horizon titled Shangri-La and written by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri. It was licensed by the publisher William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins) and approved by the heirs to the Hilton Estate, Elizabeth Hill and Mary Porterfield. Shangri-La continues James Hilton's tale, moving it forward in time to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and from there travel.... Discover the James Hilton popular books. 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An ambitious man looks back on his choices in World War I–era England in this #1 New York Times bestseller by the author of Goodbye, Mr. Chips. As a young ...

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New York Times Bestseller: Brilliant but naïve country doctor David Newcome courts tragedy when he invites a stranger into his home. In the English factory town of Calder...

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The Collected Novels Volume Two

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Three iconic novels about an unforgettable schoolmaster and a timeless utopia by the award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author.  Goodbye, Mr. Chips...

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Lost Horizon

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James Hilton’s bestselling adventure novel about a military man who stumbles on the world’s greatest hope for peace deep in Tibet: Shangri-La. Hugh Conway saw humanity at its...

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Lost Horizon

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In this “engagingly written” international bestseller, survivors of a plane crash discover a peaceful paradise hidden in the Himalayas called Shangri-La (The New York Times).

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Thrilling and timeless, Lost Horizon is a masterpiece of modern fiction, and one of the most enduring classics of the twentieth century. Hugh Conway saw humanity at its worst while...

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips  is a novel about the life of a schoolteacher, Mr. Chipping, written by the English writer James Hilton, first published by Hodder & Stoughton in Oc...

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More stories of Mr. Chips, the world’s most beloved schoolmaster, as he helps shape young lives through the first half of a tumultuous centuryWhen author James Hilton penned his bel...

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Three classic novels by James Hilton, about a world—and men—forever changed in the time between two world warsIn So Well Remembered, George Boswell, a respected...

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In this positive and inspiring book, James Hilton, author of Leading from the Edge and Ten Traits of Resilience, explores how primary and secondary school leaders can find fulfilment in thei...

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In an increasingly complex and ever-changing education landscape, school leadership is a rewarding but multifaceted profession. In order to survive in the job long term, school leaders need ...

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As aventuras de Horizonte Perdido começam com uma incrível viagem pelo Extremo Oriente na década de 1930. A bordo de um avião em fuga de uma conturbação revolucionária, quatro envolve...

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While attempting to escape a civil war, four people are kidnapped and transported to the Tibetan mountains. After their plane crashes, they are found by a mysterious Chinese man. He leads th...

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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The modern classic about an idealistic British schoolmaster’s influence on his students: “A minor miracle” (The New York Times). Throughout his forty-three-ye...

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內容簡介: 在不和平的時代,一間不頂尖的學校,配上不卓越的老師,拼湊出不停的笑聲、不凡的故事、和不變的感動!「你記不記得以前學...

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A heart pounding thriller for fans of Lee Child, Matt Hilton and James Hilton.EVEN PRAYER WON'T SAVE THEM NOWBrothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought u...

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English novelist, and author of several best-sellers including Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr. Chips. The origin of the eleven numbered chapters of the novel is explained in a prolo...

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This book contain collection of 2 books 1. Lost Horizon [1933] 2. Goodbye, Mr. Chips [1934] About the Author James Hilton, 1900-1954 English n...

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Mr. Hilton's classic story of an English schoolmaster. Mr. Chipping, the classics master at Brookfield School since 1870, takes readers on a beguiling journey through the late 19...

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Brothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought up an ocean apart. Both served in the military, and both know how to kill, taking work as private military contractors and freelance “fixers”.

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A guide to recognising, managing, overcoming and surviving the work-related stress suffered by so many teachers and school leaders working in schools today. This unique, honest, provocative ...

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Brothers Danny and Clay Gunn were brought up an ocean apart. Both served in the military, and both know how to kill, taking work as private military contractors and freelance “fixers”.

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Charles Rainier’s family feared him lost along with so many of Britain’s youth during the Great War. But two years after he was reported missing in action, he appears in a Liverpool hosp...

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A strange story, told by indirection, as Jane Waring, through recurrent interviews with a mysterious Mr. Small who is trying to get from her all she can give him of her knowledge of Mark Bra...

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"Was It Murder?" deals with the phenomenon of coincidence by posing the question of how likely it is that two brothers attending the same boarding school meet with two separate accidental de...

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An engrossing tale of a man who loses his memory due to being shelled in the Great War, eventually finds happiness with a young actress, and then is knocked down on a Liverpool street. He re...

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Full of enthusiasm, young English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping came to teach at Brookfield in 1870. It was a time when dignity and a generosity of spirit still existed, and the dedicated new sc...

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Time and Time Again was James Hilton's last novel. It was published the year before he died. It covers the rather ordinary life of a rather ordinary man. Told in flashbacks, a...

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Il vecchio professore Charles Chipping, giunto ormai al termine della sua vita, ripercorre i grandi eventi trascorsi da quando ha cominciato a lavorare presso il Brookfield College: l’arri...

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A World War I veteran’s comfortable life is upended by buried memories in this “completely real and convincing” New York Times bestseller by an Academy Award–winning...

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Mr Chipping, classics master at Brookfield school since 1870 - an old man - is reflecting upon his life in education. This cleverly and touchingly woven story intertwines a heart-wrenching a...

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