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General Information

Name:  James Jones  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1921 in Robinson, Illinois

Died: 1977

-- James Jones on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jones was born in Robinson.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Jones is an author who's wartime experiences inspired some of his most famous works. He witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to his first published novel, ''From Here to Eternity''. ''The Thin Red Line'' reflected his combat experiences on Guadalcanal. His last novel, ''Whistle'', was based on his hospital stay in Memphis, Tennessee, recovering from surgery on an ankle he had reinjured on the island.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The thin red line /
ISBN: 0385324081. OCLC Number:

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They are the men of C-for-Charlie Company--"Mad" 1stSgt. Eddie Welsh, SSgt. Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like them--infantrymen in "this man's army" who are about to land grim and white-faced on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. This is their story, a shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back. In the days ahead some will earn medals; others will do anything they can dream up to get evacuated before they land in a muddy grave. But they will all discover the thin red line that divides the sane from the mad--and the living from the dead--in this unforgettable portrait that captures for all time the total experience of men at war.

From here to eternity /
ISBN: 0385333641. OCLC Number:

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Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Private 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 the 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. In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair ... in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men.

The pistol /
ISBN: 0226391868. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2003.

Follows PFC Richard Mask during the first days and weeks of World War II in Hawaii, as he and his company move from Schofield Barracks to the beaches of Oahu, then to a remote mountain pass, and centers on the conflict over his pistol, a .45 caliber automatic.

Some came running /
ISBN: 0440182611. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub. Co.,. New York :. ©1979.

Whistle /
ISBN: 0385334249. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©1978.

This third volume of a trilogy about World War II deals with the effects of the war on the lives of four soldiers.

The merry month of May /
ISBN: 1888451459. OCLC Number:

Akashic Books,. New York :. [©2004]

Paris. May. 1968. This is the Paris of the barricaded boulevards; of rebelling students' strongholds; of the literati; the sexual anarchists; the leftists -- written chillingly of a time in French history closely paralleling what America went through in the late 1960s. As the Revolution sweeps across Paris, the reader sees, feels, smells, and fears all the turmoil that was the May revolt, the frightening social quicksand of 1968.

A Touch of Danger.
ISBN: 1453218483. OCLC Number:

Open Road Media. . 2011.

"A vacation in the Greek Islands becomes complicated when a private eye is drawn into the murky waters of international hashish smuggling"--Back cover.


  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990