Literary Techniques

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Thomas Edwards feels that Jones "may have been the last prominent American novelist to suppose that fiction should be a virtually unmediated...

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Social Concerns

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According to Wilfrid Sheed, Jones wrote "a first-rate book about World War II which was not even about World War II." From Here to...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Aldrich, Nelson W., ed. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews. 3d ser. New York: Viking Press, 1967. Jones talks about his methods of composition and defends his novels and his own brand of realistic writing against critical attacks. He also believed that an academic education can hurt a writer. Although he was living in Europe at the time of the interview, he considered himself to be an American.

Carter, Steven R. James Jones: An American Literary Orientalist Master. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. A deeply probing study of Jones’s spiritual evolution and philosophy and his concern with individual salvation and growth. Includes bibliography.

Giles, James R. James Jones. Boston: Twayne, 1981. Examines each of Jones’s novels in detail and gives a brief biography of the novelist. Sees a central division between the he-man and the sophisticate in Jones’s life and art. Contains an excellent bibliography.

Hassan, Ihab. Radical Innocence. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1961. Describes the hero of From Here to Eternity, Pruitt, as a passive sufferer and compares his alienation to that of the Negro. Hassan likes the novel but not the subliterary psychology in which Jones indulges.

Jones, Peter G. War and the Novelist. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1976. Praises James Jones’s From Here to Eternity and Thin Red Line highly, describing them as accurate portrayals of Army life and combat and as possessing psychological insights.

Morris, Willie. James Jones: A Friendship. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1978. The friendship between these two writers occurred late in Jones’s life. They both lived on Long Island and were drawn into conversations about life and art. Jones reveals much about his early military career.

Literary Precedents

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When From Here to Eternity appeared in 1951, observers immediately placed Jones among what Philip Rahv called the "redskins" of...

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Related Titles

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After considerable critical denigration of Some Came Running (1957), which he had inadvisably announced as "the greatest novel we've...

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From Here to Eternity was dramatized by Mark J. Appleman in 1952 as Stockade, a play of limited exposure and appeal. The novel...

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