Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED EDITION THE WORLD WAR II MASTERPIECE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE READ WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. 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 his 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.
This new edition features an Afterword by George Hendrick, a James Jones scholar, who discusses the novel's origin and eventual censorship at the hands of its first publisher. Now the original language has at last been restored to the most important American novel to come out of World War II. "From Here to Eternity" re-creates the authentic soldier experience and captures, like nothing else, the honor and savagery of man.
Foreword by William Styron
A work of genius. "Saturday Review"
Extraordinary and utterly irresistible . . . a compelling and compassionate story. "Los Angeles Times"
A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry. "The New York Times"
Ferocious . . . the most realistic and forceful novel I ve read about life in the army. "The New Yorker.
About the Author
James Jones is a former ambassador to Mexico.
William Styron (1925-2006), born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation. Styron published his first book, "Lie Down in Darkness", at age twenty-six and went on to write such influential works as the controversial and Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Confessions of Nat Turner" and the international bestseller "Sophie's Choice".
“A work of genius.”—Saturday Review
“Extraordinary and utterly irresistible . . . a compelling and compassionate story.”—Los Angeles Times
“A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry.”—The New York Times
“Ferocious . . . the most realistic and forceful novel I’ve read about life in the army.”—The New Yorker