Dalton Trumbo December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976 American screenwriter and novelist Member of the Hollywood Ten Communist ties during McCarthy era Two time Academy Award winner Joined CPUSA before the 1940s
Johnny Got His Gun Published in 1939 Anti-war novel Follows Joe Bonham – examines memories of his life Bonham serves during World War I Titular reference from “Johnny get your gun” – popular rallying cry for young men
Important ideas to think about What does Trumbo believe about war? What identity does Joe Bonham assume? Is this novel applicable to all wars? What do Bonham’s memories signify? Where does faith / Catholicism show up within the novel? Where can you find instances of authorial intrusion?