Author: James Jones
Born: Nov 6, 1921 Robinson, IL
Passed: May 9, 1977 Southampton, NY
Film: From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity is the debut novel by James Jones, winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. It was ranked 62 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels. It is loosely based on Jones' experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division's 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served, Company E ("The Boxing Company"). Fellow company member Hal Gould said that while the novel was based on the company, including some depictions of actual persons, the characters are fictional and both the harsh conditions and described events are inventions. The 1953 film, 1979 miniseries, and 1980 dramatic series were all adapted from the novel.
The title was inspired by a line from Rudyard Kipling's poem "Gentleman Rankers" ----- Gentlemen-rankers out on a spree, Damned from here to Eternity, God ha' mercy on such as we, Baa! Yah! Bah!
The 1953 film adaptation was directed by Fred Zinnemann and starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations, including for Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra) and Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).Read article at Wikipedia
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