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The James Norman HALL House
The James Norman Hall House

Permanently unavailable   Today's stamp pays tribute to an eminent author of the South Seas literature: American James Norman Hall born on April 22, 1887 in Colfax, Iowa (United States) and deceased on July 6, 1951 in Arue, island of Tahiti.

An aviator of the famous Lafayette Escadrille during World War I, this heroic soldier embarks for Tahiti in January 1920 with his war companion Charles Nordhoff. But it is only in 1924, after a stay in Iceland, that this adventurer endowed with a deeply benevolent nature decides to definitely settle his typewriter in Tahiti where he marries a Polynesian woman.

A poet, an essayist, a novelist, a storyteller, he writes in 1921, with his friend Nordhoff, Faery Lands of the South Seas for the account of Harper's magazine. However, Mutiny of the Bounty (1932), Men against the sea (1933) and Pitcairn (1934) will bring them glory and fortune. Actors as famous as Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and then Mel Gibson will perform this trilogy on screen. Hurricane (1936) and many other books will also be the subject of films.

Settled in Arue, the residence he had is registered as historic building in July 1993, at the request of his descendants and of the municipality. This act recognizes the writer's enormous contribution to the fame of Tahiti and her islands. Located in a rich garden of greenery and countless multicoloured flowers, it was rebuilt exactly as it was on its last site. The "James Norman Hall House", inaugurated on January 17, 2002 in the presence of many personalities, aims to become an actual small cultural centre.

A place of memory and knowledge with the rich library of almost three thousand books, the typewriter, the personal belongings, the writer's furniture as well as the photographs covering the period from 1920 to 1950, this museum also aims to be a meeting place through conferences, discussions and exhibitions.

The "James Norman Hall House" is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on Mondays.

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