Mckenna had an unfortunately short literary career he retired after 22 years in the navy at age 40, started college that same year, married when he was 42, graduated college with all as at 44, began writing the sand pebbles at 46, had it published at 49, and died of a heart attack at 51. The sand pebbles was mckenna's only novel still not quite adjusted to his new fame and fortune, mckenna suffered a heart attack and died in 1964 still not quite adjusted to his new fame and fortune, mckenna suffered a heart attack and died in 1964. Essays and criticism on robert anderson's tea and sympathy - critical essays and he was later noted for his adaptation of richard mckenna's 1962 novel the sand pebbles in 1966 and for the.
Steve mcqueen and richard attenborough tunneled out of a world war ii prison camp together in the great escape, scoring a major hit in the process, so pairing them again in the sand pebbles made excellent sense three years later. Sand pebbles, a corruption of san pablo, is the nickname of the sailors who manned an ancient u s gunboat in hunan province, china, during the kuomintang revolution of 1925 . Richard mckenna, writer: the sand pebbles richard mckenna was born in 1913 in mountain home, idaho in 1931 he joined the us navy, retiring in 1953 as a chief machinist mate. Robert anderson adapted the screenplay from the 1962 novel of the same name by richard mckenna the sand pebbles was a critical and the sand pebbles was.
-richard m mckenna (space light) -the sand pebbles page (stuart fernie) -essay : the chiefs are not happy (master chief machinist's mate (surface warfare) mark butler, us navy, naval institute proceedings. Information on richard mckenna, author of the sand pebbles novel brief biographical information, book liner notes and related links richard m mckenna papers. Mckenna's the sand pebbles in essays on career education and english, k-12 richard mckenna's the sand pebbles and 'the poetry of. The sand pebbles steve mcqueen received his only academy award nomination for his performance in this epic-scale war drama, based on the novel by richard mckenna in 1926, as china teeters on the edge of political revolution in the midst of a civil war, the uss san pablo , is ordered to patrol the yangtze river to represent and protect american. I have the sand pebbles on vhs tape, one of my first purchases on ebay richard mckenna's book is one of my favorites having served in both wwii and the korea.
One feels that lukacs might make a similar exception for richard mckenna, whose award-winning 1962 novel, the sand pebbles, has often been compared to scott's classic. In 1962, he published the sand pebbles, a hugely successful novel which later became a file starring steve mcqueen unfortunately, mckenna's career was short-lived he suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 51. Richard mckenna was an american sailor and novelist he was best known for his historical novel, the sand pebbles which tells the story of an american sailor serving aboard a gunboat on the chinese yangtze river in 1926 mckenna was born in mountain home, idaho, on may 9, 1913 seeking more. Richard mckenna's words from the past are worthy of reflection fourteen years before reaching fame as the author of the highly acclaimed novel and subsequent hollywood hit the sand pebbles, chief machinist's mate richard mckenna, usn, won the naval institute's enlisted prize essay, 1948 , writing on the post-war chief petty officer: a. Why you should read these military classics james jones, and the sand pebbles (1962) by richard mckenna and absolutely demolition in one of dwight macdonald's better known review/essays.
The sand pebbles was a book-of-the-month club selection and later was made into an award-winning movie when mckenna died in chapel hill, he left a second novel of naval life unfinished when mckenna died in chapel hill, he left a second novel of naval life unfinished. The real sand pebbles to ask local library to get them richard mckenna's the left handed monkey wrench this book is a collection of essays that paint a. The sons of martha and other stories [richard mckenna] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a posthumous short story collection by the author of the sand pebbles. Richard mckenna, author of the sand pebbles, on librarything essays on the art of science fiction mckenna, richard milton other names. Mckenna, richard the sand pebbles 1st edition 1st printing $15000 or best offer +$495 shipping sponsored the sand pebbles by richard mckenna 1963 paperback.
Career us navy sailor and author of the sand pebbles sunday, nov 1, 1964 associated press (edited for clarity) richard milton mckenna, novelist, 51, dead the former sailor won success with the sand pebbles - richard mckenna, who after 22 years in the navy began an auspicious literary career with the prize-winning. The sailor's homer: the life and times of richard mckenna, author of the sand pebbles, by dennis l noble reveals the authentic richard mckenna as the first serious biography of mckenna, it shows what a dedicated author can do with the right materials. The sand pebbles by richard mckenna starting at $149 the sand pebbles has 3 available editions to buy at alibris. The sand pebbles is a film directed by robert wise, adapted from the eponymous 1962 novel by richard mckenna and released in 1966 it starred steve mcqueen, richard attenborough and candice bergen.
Awards 2016: north american society for oceanic history, won the john lyman book award for best book published in 2015 in naval biography and autobiography category for the sailor's homer: the life and times of richard mckenna, author of the sand pebbles. The hardcover of the sand pebbles by richard mckenna at barnes & noble free shipping on $25 or more.