Banned books Literature Suppressed on political Grounds author: Nicholas J. Karolides Size: 3mb Format: pdf ISBN-10: 0816033048 ISBN-13: 978-0816033041 DARE TO THINK FOR YOURSELF —Voltaire If knowledge is power, access is empowerment
Quote: The aim of this volume is to spotlight some 400 works that have been censored, banned, or condemned because of their political, social, religious, or sexual content. The entries, which include a summary, censorship history, and brief bibliography, range widely from Aristotle through Galileo and on up to Adolf Hitler and Judy Blume. Such well-known prohibited works as de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom, the Communist Manifesto, and Huckleberry Finn are included here, but so are many other works that are now less controversial, e.g., Milton's Areopagitica and Uncle Tom's Cabin. Some of the censorship histories are several pages long, but others are very short; Born on the Fourth of July gets only 50 words. Though most of the works are worth notice, too many describe fairly vapid objections: Fail-Safe was challenged by a school librarian who thought the book would undermine "America's confidence in their defense system." But as one might expect, many of the entries, such as the one for The Satanic Verses, are harrowing. Prepared by well-qualified scholars who have written and lectured extensively on censorship, the set is a very readable gathering of much useful information. It provides more depth and is more current than either Anne L. Haight's Banned Books (1978. 4th ed.) or ALA's Banned Books Resource Guide (1995).he phrase suppressed on political grounds casts a shadow of a heavy-handed government blocking its citizens from receiving information, ideas, and opinions that it perceives to be critical, embarrassing, or threatening. This image, unfortunately, is too often reality. It is not, however, limited to dictatorships such as those of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Joseph Stalin’s Communist Soviet Union, Suharto’s Indonesia, Augusto Pinochet’s Chile and Sani Abacha’s Nigeria. The political turbulence of the 1990s dismantled several of these, establishing more open government in Indonesia, Chile, Nigeria, and Russia. The governments of democracies, however, also participate in attempts to censor such critical material in order to protect their own perceived state security. Indeed, repression of freedom of expression is a significant operative factor in South Africa of the apartheid era, in pre-1990 South Korea, in Turkey, in postcommunist Ukraine, and recently in Russia. It is a factor, as well, in the United Kingdom and the United States today
WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS VOLUME
THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY John Kenneth Galbraith AFTER SUCH KNOWLEDGE, WHAT FORGIVENESS?— MY ENCOUNTERS WITH KURDISTAN Jonathan C. Randal THE AGE OF KEYNES Robert Lekachman ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Erich Maria Remarque AMERICA IN LEGEND Richard M. Dorson AMERICAN CIVICS William H. Hartley and William S. Vincent THE AMERICAN PAGEANT: A HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC Thomas A. Bailey ANDERSONVILLE MacKinlay Kantor ANIMAL FARM George Orwell AREOPAGITICA John Milton BLACK BOY Richard Wright BLOODS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR BY BLACK VETERANS Wallace Terry BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY Ron Kovic BOSS: RICHARD J. DALEY OF CHICAGO Mike Royko BURGER’S DAUGHTER Nadine Gordimer BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE Dee Brown BUS STOP (CHEZHAN) Gao Xingjian BY WAY OF DECEPTION: THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF A MOSSAD OFFICER Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy CANCER WARD Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn CAT’S CRADLE Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. THE CHINA LOBBY IN AMERICAN POLITICS Ross Y. Koen THE CIA AND THE CULT OF INTELLIGENCE Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks CITIZEN TOM PAINE Howard Fast THE COMMERCIAL RESTRAINTS OF IRELAND CONSIDERED John Hely-Hutchinson COMPARATIVE POLITICS TODAY: A WORLD VIEW Gabriel A. Almond, general editor CRY AMANDLA! June Goodwin DAS KAPITAL Karl Marx DAUGHTER OF EARTH Agnes Smedley THE DAY THEY CAME TO ARREST THE BOOK Nat Hentoff DECENT INTERVAL Frank Snepp DID SIX MILLION REALLY DIE? THE TRUTH AT LAST Richard Harwood DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Boris Pasternak THE DRAPIER’S LETTERS Jonathan Swift A DRY WHITE SEASON André Brink DU PONT: BEHIND THE NYLON CURTAIN Gerard Colby Zilg FAIL-SAFE Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler FIELDS OF FIRE James Webb THE FRAGILE FLAG Jane Langton THE FUGITIVE (PERBURUAN) Pramoedya Ananta Toer FUGITIVES (TAOWANG) Gao Xingjian THE GRAPES OF WRATH John Steinbeck THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO 1918–1956 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Jonathan Swift HANDBOOK FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS Robert A. Seeley, editor THE HOAX OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Arthur R. Butz I AM THE CHEESE Robert Cormier INSIDE RUSSIA TODAY John Gunther INSIDE THE COMPANY: CIA DIARY Philip Agee IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE Peter Matthiessen AN INTRODUCTION TO PROBLEMS OF AMERICAN CULTURE Harold O. Rugg THE INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT David Wise and Thomas B. Ross IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Sinclair Lewis JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Dalton Trumbo A JOURNEY FROM ST. PETERSBURG TO MOSCOW Aleksandr Nikolaevich Radishchev JULIE OF THE WOLVES Jean Craighead George THE JUNGLE Upton Sinclair KEEPING FAITH: MEMOIRS OF A PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF CUBA Victoria Ortiz LAND OF THE FREE: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES John W. Caughey, John Hope Franklin, and Ernest R. May LAUGHING BOY Oliver La Farge EL LIBRO NEGRO DE LA JUSTICIA CHILENA (THE BLACK BOOK OF CHILEAN JUSTICE) Alejandra Matus THE MAN DIED: PRISON NOTES OF WOLE SOYINKA Wole Soyinka THE MANIFESTO OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels MARXISM VERSUS SOCIALISM Vladimir G. Simkhovitch MEIN KAMPF Adolf Hitler LES MISÉRABLES Victor Hugo MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Chaim Potok MY PEOPLE: THE STORY OF THE JEWS Abba Eban NELSON AND WINNIE MANDELA Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler 1984 George Orwell NOVEL WITHOUT A NAME Duong Thu Huong OIL! Upton Sinclair ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ONE PEOPLE, ONE DESTINY: THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA TODAY Don Rojas THE OPEN SORE OF A CONTINENT: A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF THE NIGERIAN CRISIS Wole Soyinka OUR LAND, OUR TIME: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES Joseph Robert Conlin and many more
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