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Banned Books of England and Above All Liberties are probably on the shelves of many librarians and Alec Craig is a name that most of them know. In this volume, he examines ""the conception of literary obscenity as found in law and practice and its cultural and social effects"". There is a ringing Foreword by Morris L. Ernst, who is always quotable -- but especially about books in court. The bibliography of books and articles on censorship in various countries at various times does the graduate library school students' homework -- and we hope they will find it. The historical background for the so- called ""protection of the reader"" is given in a succinct run down that covers much more than the Anglo-Saxon tradition. England comes in for a lot of comment, which is natural for the expert author has been involved in, or closely observing, the controversies of this century whenever Brittania Sowers her spear at a book. Tests of obscenity in U.S. courts are surveyed with clarifying comments and a thoroughgoing (if brief) discussion of the implications of current trends. An important book for those who may have to deal with book buriers or burners and interesting -- for the student of society.

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1963
Publisher: World