Jones, James,1921–77, American novelist, b. Robinson, Ill. Written in the tradition of naturalismnaturalism,
in literature, an approach that proceeds from an analysis of reality in terms of natural forces, e.g., heredity, environment, physical drives. The chief literary theorist on naturalism was Émile Zola, who said in his essay Le Roman expérimental
..... Click the link for more information. , his novels often celebrate the endurance of man. From Here to Eternity (1951), his best-known work and the first of a trilogy, is a powerful story of army life in Hawaii immediately before the attack on Pearl Harbor; The Thin Red Line (1962) and Whistle (1978) complete the series. His other novels include Some Came Running (1957) and A Touch of Danger (1973). Viet Journal (1974) is an account of his trip to Vietnam.
See biography by F. MacShane (1985); study by J. R. Giles (1981).
Born Nov. 6, 1921, in Robinson, 111. American writer. Served in the US Army in World War II.
Jones became famous for his antimilitaristic novel From Here to Eternity (1951; Russian translation, From Here and Into Eternity, 1969). Jones’ novel Some Came Running (1957) tells about front-line soldiers who return after the war alienated from their bourgeois surroundings. In Jones’ style, which was influenced by the prose of E. Hemingway and the soldier poetry of R. Kipling, the naturalistic element predominates.
WORKSThe Pistol. New York, 1959.
Go to the Widow-maker. New York, 1967.
The Ice-cream Headache and Other Stories. New York, 1968.
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Nedelin, V. “’Vozliubivshie voinu’ i ikh zhertvy.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1961, no. 7.
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