From Here to Eternity: A Novel

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Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2012 - Fiction - 867 pages
24 Reviews
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED EDITION • THE WORLD WAR II MASTERPIECE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE READ • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD


Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets “the treatment” that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with his commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: The Army is their heart and blood—and, possibly, their death.

This new edition features an Afterword by George Hendrick, a James Jones scholar, who discusses the novel's origin and eventual censorship at the hands of its first publisher. Now the original language has at last been restored to the most important American novel to come out of World War II. From Here to Eternity re-creates the authentic soldier experience and captures, like nothing else, the honor and savagery of man.

Foreword by William Styron

“A work of genius.”Saturday Review

“Extraordinary and utterly irresistible . . . a compelling and compassionate story.”Los Angeles Times

“A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry.”The New York Times

“Ferocious . . . the most realistic and forceful novel I've read about life in the army.”The New Yorker
 

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I will remember this novel for its wide-ranging, but in-depth character development. The progression of Prew into and through his stockade experience and to the inexorable result tells a tale of a man ... Read full review

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From Here to Eternity is one of the most authentic and realistic war novels ever penned, despite the fact that it includes very little actual combat. Its setting is the months and days preceding the ... Read full review

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Contents

B00K THREE
95
B00K FOUR
222
B00K FIVE
240
Acknowledgments
845
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

James Jones was born in Robinson, Illinois on November 6, 1921. He was unable to afford college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939. His experiences during World War II inspired his best-known works: From Here to Eternity, which won the National Book Award in 1952, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle. His other works include The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, and The Merry Month of May. Many of his books were adapted into movies including From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line. He died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 1977.

William Clark Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 11, 1925. He attended Duke University and took courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which started him on his writing career. He was a Marine lieutenant during World War II and while serving during the Korean War, was recalled from active duty because of faulty eyesight. After leaving the service, he helped start a magazine called the Paris Review and remained as an advisory editor. His first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, was published in 1951. His other books include The Long March and Set This House on Fire. He won several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner and the American Book Award for Sophie's Choice, which was made into a movie in 1982. His short story, A Tidewater Morning, was the basis for the movie Shadrach, which Styron wrote the screenplay for with his daughter. He also wrote several nonfiction books including The Quiet Dust and Other Writings and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. He died on November 1, 2006 at the age of 81.

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