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John Gallishaw biography.

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  • George Gilbert
    Full entry from -- Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, Volume 2, Joseph Smallwood, Catherine Horan, Robert Pitt, Betram Riggs, editors, Newfoundland
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      Full entry from -- Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and
      Labrador, Volume 2, Joseph Smallwood, Catherine Horan,
      Robert Pitt, Betram Riggs, editors, Newfoundland Book
      Publishers, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1984, pages

      Gallishaw, Alonzo John (1890 - ). Writer;
      educator. Born St. John's [Newfoundland]. Educated
      Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
      Gallishaw was twenty-four years old and a student at
      Harvard when war was declared in 1914; he immediately
      crossed the border into Canada and signed up with the
      Canadian Armed Forces but asked for, and received, a
      discharge enabling him to return to Newfoundland to
      enlist in the Newfoundland Regiment, which was heading
      overseas as part of the British army. In 1915, while
      most of the regiment was transferring to Aldershot
      prepatory to being shipped to Malta, Gallishaw was
      transferred to London to keep the records of the
      Regiment for the War Office. Just prior to their being
      shipped out he applied for and was granted leave to
      say goodbye to his friends. With a little help from
      some Regimental buddies he stowed away on the train,
      and then on the ship bound for Malta. Once the trip
      was underway he "turned himself in" to the adjutant,
      who assigned him to "B" Company of the Regiment. He
      saw service at the evacuation of Gallipoli where he
      was injured, and was subsequently demobilized.

      Following his recuperation Gallishaw returned to
      Harvard, this time as a lecturer. However, when the
      United States decided in 1917 to become actively
      involved in the war, he enlisted with the American
      forces and was shipped to France, where he
      participated in several battles, latter commanded a
      battalion, was appointed to the U.S. Army Intelligence
      and made liaison officer with the British Army.

      Gallishaw published five books. The first, Trenching
      at Gallipoli (1916) was sub-titled "A Personal
      Narrative of a Newfoundlander with the Illfated
      Dardanelles Expedition;" in dedicating the book to
      Professor Charles Townshend Copeland, the author
      noted, "Of all that Harvard has given to me I value
      most the friendship and confidence of 'Copey'." His
      second book, The Man in the Ranks (1917) was a
      soldier's handbook co-written with William Lynch. The
      three remaining books dealt with the art of writing:
      The Only Two Ways to Write a Story (1928); Twenty
      Problems of a Fiction Writer (1929), a series of
      lectures on short story techniques; and Advanced
      Problems of the Fiction Writer (1931), a discussion of
      basic plot patterns. Of these, only the 1928
      publication was still in print in 1982.

      In addition to his books Gallishaw published several
      analytical and critical articles and established the
      John Gallishaw School of Creative Writing in
      Cambridge. He also wrote plays and radio and
      television scripts, and became a writer in Hollywood,
      working with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Columbia,
      Paramount and Universal Studios as a script
      consultant. He collaborated at one time with F. Scott
      Fitzgerald and was involved with movies starring such
      notables as Clark Gable, Robert Young, Cary Grant,
      Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. During this period
      he lectured at the University of California and later
      at the University of Hawaii.

      Gallishaw returned to St. John's in 1961 as a guest of
      the Government at the official opening of Memorial
      University of Newfoundland. John Gallishaw (1916),
      J.R. Smallwood, (interview, June 1982), The National
      Union Catalogue, Vol. 198 (1972). [entry written by
      Linda E. Russell]

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