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James Gould Cozzens

Cozzens, James Gould (kŭzˈənz) [key], 1903–78, American novelist, b. Chicago. His novels usually concern upper-middle-class professional men who are faced with moral dilemmas that require compromising their ideals. All Cozzens's works are characterized by meticulous craftsmanship and an objective, almost clinical style. His novels include The Last Adam (1933), The Just and the Unjust (1942), Guard of Honor (1948; Pulitzer Prize), By Love Possessed (1957), and Morning, Noon, and Night (1968).

See biography by M. J. Bruccoli (1981).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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