Quentin Reynolds

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Quentin Reynolds
Quentin James Reynolds

(1902-04-11)April 11, 1902
DiedMarch 17, 1965(1965-03-17) (aged 62)

Quentin James Reynolds (April 11, 1902 – March 17, 1965) was an American journalist and World War II war correspondent.


As associate editor at Collier's Weekly from 1933 to 1945, Reynolds averaged 20 articles a year. He also published 25 books, including The Wounded Don't Cry, London Diary, Dress Rehearsal, and Courtroom, a biography of lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. His autobiography was titled By Quentin Reynolds.

After World War II, Reynolds was best known for his libel suit against right-wing Hearst columnist Westbrook Pegler, who called him "yellow" and an "absentee war correspondent". Reynolds, represented by noted attorney Louis Nizer, won $175,001 (approximately $1.5 million in 2014 dollars), at the time the largest libel judgment ever.[1][2] The trial was later made into a Broadway play, A Case of Libel, which was twice adapted as TV movies.

In 1953, Reynolds was the victim of a major literary hoax when he published The Man Who Wouldn't Talk, the supposedly true story of a Canadian war hero, George Dupre, who claimed to have been captured and tortured by German soldiers. When the hoax was exposed, Bennett Cerf, of Random House, Reynolds's publisher, reclassified the book as fiction.[3]

Reynolds was a personal friend of British media mogul Sidney Bernstein. In 1956, Reynolds paid a visit to England to co-host Meet the People, the launch night program for Manchester-based Granada Television (now ITV Granada) which Bernstein founded.[4]

He was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[5]


  • Parlor, Bedlam and Bath (with S. J. Perelman), Liveright, 1930
  • The Wounded Don't Cry, E P Dutton, 1941
  • A London Diary, Angus & Robertson, 1941
  • Convoy, Random House, 1942
  • Only the Stars are Neutral, Random House, 1942; Blue Ribbon Books, 1943
  • Dress Rehearsal: The Story of Dieppe, Random House, 1943
  • The Curtain Rises, Random House, 1944
  • Officially Dead: The Story of Commander C D Smith, USN; The Prisoner the Japs Couldn’t Hold No. 511 Random House, 1945 (Published by Pyramid Books under the title He Came Back in multiple printings in the 1960s and early 1970s.)
  • 70,000 to 1 (Seventy Thousand to One); True War Adventure, 1946
  • The Wright Brothers, Pioneers of American Aviation, Random House Landmark Books, 1950
  • Courtroom; The Story of Samuel S Leibowitz, Farrar, Straus and Co, 1950
  • Custer's Last Stand, Random House, 1951
  • The Battle of Britain, Random House, 1953
  • The Amazing Mr Doolittle; A Biography of Lieutenant General James H Doolittle, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Talk, 1953
  • I, Willie Sutton, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1953
  • The FBI, Random House Landmark Books, 1954
  • Headquarters, Harper & Brothers, 1955
  • The Fiction Factory; or, From Pulp Row to Quality Street; The Story of 100 years of Publishing at Street & Smith, Random House 1955
  • They Fought for the Sky; The Dramatic Story of the First War in the Air, Rinehart & Company, 1957
  • Minister of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story (by Zwy Aldouby and Quentin James Reynolds), Viking 1960
  • Known But to God; The Story of the “Unknowns” of America’s War Memorials, John Day 1960
  • Winston Churchill, Random House 1963
  • By Quentin Reynolds, McGraw Hill, 1963
  • Britain Can Take It! (based on the film)
  • Don't Think It Hasn't Been Fun
  • The Life of Saint Patrick
  • Macapagal, the Incorruptible
  • A Secret for Two
  • With Fire and Sword; Great War Adventures


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  1. ^ "The Press: Reynolds v. Pegler". Time. July 5, 1954. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  2. ^ Reynolds v. Pegler: 1954 - Reynolds Sues For Libel; http://law.jrank.org/pages/3052/Reynolds-v-Pegler-1954.html; http://law.jrank.org/pages/12749/Reynolds-v-Pegler.html; http://openjurist.org/223/f2d/429
  3. ^ "The Press: The Man Who Talked". Time. Nov 23, 1953. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  4. ^ TVARK - Granada Television: Idents Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed on 2 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 15, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "Quentin Reynolds". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-01-25.

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