(1911–85), British journalist and travel writer, born in London; after attending various schools in France and England, he began his career as a journalist in 1930. From 1945 onward he worked as a foreign correspondent, becoming well known for the compassionately outspoken liberalism of his work, which included reports from the Korean War, conflicts in Africa, and Maoist China. He was the first Western journalist to enter Hanoi during the Vietnam War; his widely circulated film entitled Western Eyewitness (1965) and the book Witness (1966) were both controversially supportive of the North Vietnamese. His publications also include Touch of the Sun (1950), on his travels between 1946 and 1950; 1914 (1959), his study of British life at the outbreak of the First World War; and Indian Summer (1974), an expansive treatment of modern and historical aspects of India, which he visited frequently. What a Way To Run the Tribe (1968) and Cameron in the Guardian (1985) are collections of his newspaper articles.
From The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).