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And the ban played on…

The American Library Association keeps an eye on books that are challenged by authorities in the U.S. and abroad. (It turns out that Wasilla, Alaska isn’t the only place that the powers-that-be attempt to ban books…)  Two of their lists may be of special interest to readers:

“The most frequently challenged books of 2007”

“Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century”

From best-sellers to Nobel laureates, it apparently just doesn’t do to challenge received “wisdom”…

As we reach for our plain brown wrappers, we might recall that it was on this date in 1960 that Penguin Books was prosecuted in the U.K. for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (deemed by The Crown to be obscene).

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.

– D.H. Lawrence (in Classical American Literature)

The cover of the offending volume

Written by LW

October 20, 2008 at 1:01 am

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