James Jones Estate

  • Winner of the National Book Award
  • In 2012, sixty years after its first publication and winning the National Book Award, Dial Press (Random House) released anniversary editions with jacket art inspired by the original art, and:
    • for From Here to Eternity,  the newly uncensored text, reinstating the novel with homosexuality in the military and strong language as Jones had intended it; a new foreword by William Styron; correspondence between James Jones and his editor, the famous Maxwell Perkins, including letters on the issue of censorship;
    • and for The Thin Red Line, a new foreword by Francine Prose.
  • The release of the uncensored edition garnered the attention of international media, including The New York Times and The Guardian, this past spring.
  • The musical of From Here to Eternity is being produced by Tim Rice (producer of “Evita”) for the London Stage in 2013.


From Here to Eternity, which won the National Book Award in 1952, recreated the authentic soldier experience and captures, like nothing else, the honor and savagery of man. Sixty years after its first publication, the estate has at last restored the original language to the most important novel to come out of World War II.  The film version won eight Academy Awards.

“A work of genius.”—Saturday Review

“Extraordinary.”—Los Angeles Times

“A blockbuster of a book … raw and brutal and angry.”—The New York Times

“The most realistic and forceful novel I’ve read about life in the army.”—The New Yorker

Rights: The Dial Press, North America; Trivium Kft, Hungary; Beijing Pengfeiyili Book, Chinese simple; Ediciones B, Spain; The Open Books Co., Korea; Penguin, UK; Ksiaznica, Poland; Neripozza, Italy; Link, the Netherlands



This is more than a classic of combat fiction; it is one of the most significant explorations of male identity in American literature, establishing Jones as a novelist of the caliber of Herman Melville and Stephen Crane.

“A rare and splendid accomplishment … strong and ambitious, spacious, and as honest as any novel ever written.”—Newsweek

The Thin Red Line moves so intensely and inexorably that it almost seems like the war it is describing.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Brutal, direct, and powerful. … The men are real, the words are real, death is real, imminent, and immediate.”—Los Angeles Times

Rights: The Dial Press, North America; Waseda Prep School, Japan (educational extract); R.C.S. Libri SpA, Italy; Visvis/Etiuda Publishing House, Poland; Penguin, UK; Beijing Pengfeiyili Book, Chinese simple; Minumsa Publishing Co., Korea


James Jones’ last novel is also the last in his remarkable war trilogy that began with From Here to Eternity and continued with The Thin Red Line. In all three books, Jones tracks the same four characters—with slight variations on their names—through their evolution into becoming soldiers—and their de-evolution as they return wounded to the United States in 1943 and are forced to reintegrate into a society they hardly recognize, to mend their physical and psychic wounds.  This is the end of the old company, and while they try to find some peace and solidarity by sticking together, they know it’s only a question of time before they’re sent back to the war.

Rights: OpenRoad Media, World English E-Book

All remaining rights: Union Literary

James Jones was born in southern Illinois in 1921 and grew up a child of the Great Depression. Without money for college or any other hopeful prospects for work, he joined the Army after high school, choosing to be stationed in Hawaii because his father, a WWI veteran, told him the war would never reach there. Jones was on Oahu on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A year later, he landed on Guadalcanal with the 25th Infantry Division.  His experiences in the peace time army became the basis of his novel From Here to Eternity, published in 1951 to great literary acclaim. The film version won eight Academy Awards in 1953. In 1958, Jones moved to Paris, France with his wife, Gloria. In 1963 he published the second volume of his world-renowned war trilogy, The Thin Red Line. Suffering from heart failure, he returned with his family to the US in 1975 and settled in Sagaponack, Long Island, where many of his literary friends, including George Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen, Truman Capote, Willie Morris, and Kurt Vonnegut, had already moved. He died in 1977 in Southampton, Long Island. His last novel, Whistle, the last book of the trilogy, was published posthumously in 1978.


Other titles by James Jones:

Go to the Widow Maker

Rights: OpenRoad Media, World English E-Book

The Ice-cream Headache: and Other Stories

Rights: Akashic Books, US; World English E-Book, OpenRoad Media, World English E-book; Gallimard (pocketbook edition), France

The Merry Month of May

Rights: Akashic Books, US; OpenRoad Media, World English E-Book; Wydawnictwo Ksiaznica, Poland; AST, Russia

The Pistol

Rights: University of Chicago Press, US; OpenRoad Media, World English E-Book

Some Came Running

Rights: OpenRoad Media, All


Rights: OpenRoad Media, All

A Touch of Danger

Rights: OpenRoad Media, World English E-Book; AST, Russia

Viet Journal

Rights: Union Literary