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ID
c159
Title
"Witch-Hunt in the Book Shops."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
1000
Publisher
Evening News
Publication Year
1954
Document Types
Full-text Online
Social Commentary

Arguing against censorship of "obscene" literature, Bates cites a recent statement signed by Bertrand Russell, Somerset Maugham, and others (including himself, which he chooses not to mention) and praises the position taken by Justice Stable in a recent trial -- that definitions of obscenity vary markedly between countries and time periods. He argues that recent prosecutions are "the beginning of a censorship that would be folly and disaster," and then notes that passages in Romeo and Juliet, Canterbury Tales, and Boswell's Journal are "franker than the frankest novel of this century." In the Evening News (London, November 19, 1954).


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