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James Jones (author)

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James Jones (November 6, 1921 - May 9, 1977) is an American author most famous for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath.

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Life

Jones was born in 1921 in Robinson, Illinois. He served in the US 25th Infantry Division during World War II, and was injured in the Battle of Guadalcanal.

His wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works. He witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which led to his first novel, From Here to Eternity. He wrote The Thin Red Line about the Battle of Guadalcanal. From Here to Eternity won the National Book Award in 1952.

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From Here to Eternity was loosely based on Jones's experiences in the 19th Infantry Division, Company E ("The Boxing Company"). Fellow company member Hal Gould said that while the novel was based on the company including some real people, the characters are changed, the harsh conditions and the events are fictional.

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