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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1921 in Robinson, Illinois


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.

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