First Edition of From Here to Eternity; Inscribed by James Jones

  • From Here to Eternity.
  • From Here to Eternity.
  • From Here to Eternity.

From Here to Eternity.


Item Number: 95887

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951.

First edition of the author’s first book, one of the great novels of World War II. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Joe Greadagno With Best Wishes James Jones.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by SKA. Jacket photograph by Pat Maestro. A bulky book, usually found in inferior condition, this is a superior example.

From Here to Eternity is a commanding novel of the soldiers who were poised on the brink of real manhood when World War II flung them unceremoniously into that abyss. It follows Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt a nonconformist hero who refuses to box at Schofield Barracks and is slowly destroyed by his own rebelliousness. Around him, others are fighing their own small battles--and losing. The title comes originally from a quote from Rudyard Kipling's 1892 poem "Gentlemen-Rankers", about soldiers of the British Empire who had "lost [their] way" and were "damned from here to eternity." “Extraordinary and utterly irresistible . . . a compelling and compassionate story" (Los Angeles Times). Basis for the 1953 film directed by Fred Zinneman starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra. It went on to win eight Academy Awards, including for best picture, director, adapted screenplay, supporting actor (Sinatra) and Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).

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