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From Here to Eternity by  James Jones - First Ediiton - 1951 - from Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB (SKU: 027254)

From Here to Eternity

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From Here to Eternity

by Jones, James

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New York: Scribners, 1951. First Ediiton. Octavo. First printing. 861 pages. Author's First Book. When this book appeared it, like The Naked and the Dead, spoke of the reality of the soldier's life in World War II. The author was appointed corporal twice and each time was reduced to private. He served at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, during the Japanese attack on the Island of Oahu on December 7. Later at Guadacanal was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. The novel was very explicit about sexual activity among soldiers in Hawaii. The movie censors changed Lorene from a prostitute to a hostess at a social club. Holmes gave Karen gonorrhea but in the movie it was a miscarriage that caused her to lose the baby. There are cases of men who fraternize with homosexuals but again taken out of the movie. Although the movie still is one of the best of its kind, the book has a raw power that could not be shown in the early 1950's to an America that denied sexuality. Bound in black cloth, spine lettering gilt, near fine in very good unclipped pictorial dust jacket with a few spots of rubbing to folds and light wear to spine ends and corners. A very nice copy.


James Ramon Jones was an American author known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. His novel, From Here to Eternity, won the Nation Book Award in 1952. This action-drama novel is set in the 1930’s in Hawaii, and culminates in the assault on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Although the book may appear to be solely a war novel, it has been touted as the best account of life in the peacetime army ever written.  With brilliantly descriptive scenes and richly detailed characters, the author captures and holds the readers interest.

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From Here to Eternity
Jones, James
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First Ediiton
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New York
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Author's First Book; Books Into Movies, Censorship; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
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World War II; Hawaii;

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