James (du Maresq) Clavell 1924–
English-born American novelist, scriptwriter, poet, and dramatist.
Clavell is known as an entertaining, rather than a "serious" writer. Most critics agree, however, that his stories are riveting and many readers appreciate Clavell's work for its action-packed plots and intriguing Asian settings. His most famous novels are his four Far Eastern historical adventures—King Rat, Tai-Pan, Shōgun, and Noble House. Of the four, King Rat and Shōgun have been adapted for the screen.
The Children's Story, Clavell's first departure from an Asian setting, is a controversial fable concerning the brainwashing of youth. Published as a magazine story in The Ladies Home Journal in 1963, it was reissued in book form in 1981 and also adapted for television.
(See also CLC, Vol. 6 and Contemporary Authors, Vol. 25-28, rev. ed.)