Jones, James

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
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, 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).

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Jones, James


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.


The 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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Jones, James

(1921–77) writer; born in Robinson, Ill. He served as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army (1939–44), at one point attending the University of Hawaii (1942); after the war he attended New York University (1945). His first novel, From Here to Eternity (1951), won over both readers and critics by its sheer narrative force—and was also made into a popular movie (1953)—but his subsequent work, with the exception of The Thin Red Line (1962), was not that well received in literary circles. He lived his later years in Paris, France, and Sagaponack, N.Y.
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Enjoying the event were (L-R) Principal Sue Higginson with chef Gary Jones, James Gibbs (Wirral Met), chef Paul Askew and Paul Martin (Wirral Met)
Russell Jones, James Nursey, Paul Duke Thomas, Martin Quinney
WALES U18S: Dan John; Mason Grady, Ioan Evans, Tom Matthews, Louis Rees-Zammit; Ioan Lloyd, Dylan Davies; Sam O'Connor, Oliver Burrows, Lewys Jones, James Fenders, Ben Carter (Capt), Alex Mann, Harri Deaves, Carwyn Tuipulotu.
David Jones, James Nowosielski and Ellis Bowen notched for Fica, Gabriel Klempar netting for Swalwell.
Back row, from left: Dave Williams, Martin Stefanov, Harry Dunkerley, George Jones, James Pyper, Ben Paul, Ant McGuinness.
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, pictured with Harry, is the first guest and future celebrities include James Corden, Ruth Jones, James Nesbitt, Karl Pilkington and Lee Mack.
The 42 members of the class of 2016 include Vincent Austin, Conor Barber, Lawson Brown, James Brummett, Abigail Cauthon, Christopher Deck, Gabriel Dickson, Caroline Feig, Zackery Flanagan, Lily Fleming, Daniel Gayosso, Etasha Golden, Nicholas Grant-Grierson, Alexis Heasley, Daniel Hornych, Hannah Houck, Gregory Jones, Ira Jones, James King, Eric Land, Michaela Lee, Sierra Lundy, Clover McCabe-Delap, Lacey McDaniel Brittany Monroe, Michael Mordecai, Wyatt Norwood, Elijah Nunez, Devontae Otness, Forrest Rosser, Jacqueline Shepherd, Eston Smith, Wesley Smith, Wei Su, Zoe Thomas, Dyllan Thompson, Jordan Town, Chance Tyler, Brilea Wages, Holland Wells, Casey Wittmier and Ryann Wylie.
MA MA Ethan Etha han ke MAIN: North Wales athletes who represented Welsh Schools in the London Mini Marathon (l-r): Mia Roberts, Ethan Ackroyd, Cedol Dafydd, Oliver Barbaresi, Joseph Crutchley, Osian Perrin, Orla Davies, Christian Smith, Mike Spill, Samia Jones, James Jones; LEFT: Welsh Champion Andrew Davies MAIN PICTURE: STEVE LIVETT
Goalkeeper Glyn Garner, Gethin Jones, James Bloom, Ian Traylor, Kayne McLaggon and Corey Jenkins are all looking for a return to the starting line-up.
At Hawcoat Park - Ian Booth (Lower Hopton) v Baz Lowden, Thomas Hanson (Pudsey) v John Reilly, Richard Stockdale (Eccleshill) v Tony Whitehouse, Nathan Webster (Alverthorpe) v Martin Barrow, John Wilcox (Crossgates) v Graham Rigg, Chris Mordue (Pudsey) v Simon Perry, Kieren Smith (Crossgates) v Darren Woodend, Nicky White (Thongsbridge) v Gareth Jones, James Davison (Thongsbridge, c) v Dave Kent, Andy Farmer (Thongsbridge) v Andy Armstrong, James Wilcox (Crossgates) v Gary Thompson, Liam Griffin (Pudsey BC) v Billy Harding.
the men, all from south Wales and aged between 24 and 44, are Nicholas Paul southgate, Robert Paul Jenkins, david lyndon Jenkins, Ryan thomas, steven Jones, James Farrell, Joshua davies and adam gregory.