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A new look at an old Walton novel

Dust jacket for Son of Darkness, UK 1957 retitle of The Cross and the Sword
Dust jacket for Son of Darkness, UK 1957 retitle of The Cross and the Sword

Evangeline Walton published her novel The Cross and the Sword in 1956.  (A UK edition came out in 1957, retitled Sons of Darkness.) The original publisher edited the book severely, cutting sentences, paragraphs and even chunks of pages, from Walton’s manuscript.  Her own title, Dark Runs the Road, was altered to The Cross and the Sword.  All of this was done against her wishes, and thereafter she had conflicting views of the result.  Presently we are working on putting together a restored edition that will make available Walton’s original full-length vision.  In the meanwhile, Lorinda J. Taylor has reviewed the 1956 edition at her blog, and she gives a good taste of the book.  See here.

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