Wow! This is pretty crazy!
The 1951 novel From Here to Eternity, by James Jones, is set to be re-issued digitally through eBook firm Open Road, and will reportedly feature two scenes featuring gay content that were previously censored from the original publication!
The novel, which focuses on US soldiers serving in Hawaii the months before Pearl Harbor, and was later adapted into a 1953 film starring Frank Sinatra, originally featured two scenes that didn't make the cut. One focused on Private Angelo Maggio revealing that he is paid to have oral sex with another man, and the other referred to a military investigation into possible homosexual activity! The novel's original profanity has also been included back into the digital re-release, set for May 10th.
Jones' daughter, Kaylie, explains:
"My father fought bitterly to hold on to every four-letter word in the manuscript. The publisher was concerned about getting through the censors."
Although it's such a shame that this material was cut out for so long, we're thrilled to hear that Jones' full vision for the story will finally be realized in this release!
Hopefully, more novels that may have been foolishly censored in the past for whatever reason will have the same opportunity someday soon!
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