From Here to Eternity to restore gay references

The novel From Here to Eternity is to be republished digitally with previous censored references to homosexuality restored.

The novel was originally published in 1951 and was written by James Jones and was loosely based on his own experiences during the Second World War. The novel is set in Pearl Harbor in the months leading up to the Japanese attack and follows US soldiers serving in Hawaii. Despite protests from Jones he was eventually forced to remove several references to homosexuality from the book. In one censored scene one of the characters, Angelo Maggio, reveals he has been paid to have oral sex with another man. A later scene makes reference to a military investigation into possible homosexual activity.

The uncensored version of From Here to Eternity is being released digitally by ebook firm Open Road following a deal with the heirs of James Jones. The novel has been adapted several times over the year; a 1953 film starring Frank Sinatra (and Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr), a 1979 mini-series and a year later a full length series – a sequel of sorts to the previous year’s mini-series adaptation. Open Road are also releasing several other of Jones’ works including To The End of the War which has not been published before.