ON INIQUITY by Pamela Hansford Johnson


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Even if this is a somewhat occasional book, not quite a hundred and fifty pages, the issue is not, since it deals with universal responsibility (particularly of those who write for others who are only semi-literate) in the increasingly violent times in which we live. Miss Johnson was present at the Moors Murder Trial in England in which a young couple was charged with and convicted for the wanton murders of three youngsters. This then was just one manifestation of the gratuituous violence of our time; freedom is not the way to ""Earthly Paradise but... to Auschwitz"" -- and in particular Miss Johnson indicts the ""scrofulous"" appearance of our bookstalls, the prevalence if not predominance of sado-sexual literature. Never didactic, but definite and concerned, and presented with the precise intelligence of argument and persuasion for which Miss Johnson is noted.

Pub Date: March 3rd, 1967
Publisher: Scribners