New York City, Jan. 29, 1952. James Jones accepts the National
Book Award for From Here to Eternity. His co-winners are poet
Marianne Moore (left) and naturalist/writer Rachel Carson (right).
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"This is the song
of the men who have no place, played by a man who has never had a
place, and can therefore play it." --From Here to
was not just a good writer but a good man." --Roger Ebert, Review
of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (See Literary
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WHO WAS JAMES
(1921-1977), one of the major novelists of his generation, is known
primarily as the author of fiction that probes the effects
of World War II on the individual soldier. Born in Robinson,
Illinois, Jones entered the U.S. Army and had the distinction of being
the only individual who would become a major writer to witness
the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor. A member of the 27th U.S. Infantry Regiment (25th
Division), Jones was wounded at Guadalcanal
returned to Robinson, where he started to write about his experiences.
After shelving his unpublished first novel, "They
Shall Inherit the
Laughter," Jones completed the critically acclaimed international
bestseller From Here to
Eternity (1951). He assisted in the creation
of the Handy Writers' Colony in Marshall, Illinois (which lasted
from 1949 to 1964) before taking up residence in Paris as part of
the Second Generation of American Expatriate writers and artists.
Jones's other novels are Some
Came Running (1957), The Pistol
Thin Red Line (1962), Go
to the Widow-Maker (1967), The Merry
of May (1971), A
Touch of Danger (1973), and Whistle
published an acclaimed short-story collection, The
Ice-Cream Headache and Other
Stories (1968), a nonfictional history of World War II from the
viewpoint of the soldier, World
War II (1975), and a book of essays, Viet
Jones also published short
fiction and articles throughout his adult life.
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The Handy Writers' Colony: 1949-1964
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