Thursday, September 30, 2010

Unsuitable reading

'One of the Library Committee, while not prepared to hazard the opinion that the book is "absolutely immoral in its tone," does not hesitate to declare that to him "it seems to contain but very little humor." ... They all united in the verdict that "it deals with a series of experiences that are certainly not elevating," and voted that it could not be tolerated in the public library.' Okay, this was back in 1885, and the good news is that this year Huckleberry Finn is not among the top 10 banned books in the US. But, sadly, it often is, and in this case hindsight seems an awful lot like foresight. Read it all, including Twain's reply, here.

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