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We Bet You Didn’t Know These 20 Famous Books Were Banned Back In The Day

"Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance."<p>- Laurie Halse Anderson<p>Great books have always influenced the world and great authors …

The Best of Banned Books

<b></b>On 3 March 1873, the Comstock Act was passed by the United States Congress, making it illegal to send any ‘obscene, lewd, or lascivious’ books …

Literature

'Beckett 5' at the Odyssey: five plays, two hours, one sinister ending

Just as the short stories in collections by Anton Chekhov, Flannery O’Connor, Grace Paley and<p>Alice Munroare meant to be savored one small masterpiece at a time and not gobbled up indiscriminately like a box of assorted chocolates picked up at the pharmacy, so too the compact plays of Samuel Beckett …

10 Books That Are More Political Than You Think

Most of the time, political allegories aren't all that hard to spot. I mean, we all know that the book <i>Animal Farm</i> isn't just about animals who live …

Fake news is thriving — but history shows it's nothing new

Fake news abounded in George Orwell's time just as it did as far back as you wish to look.<p>I remember sitting in a lecture hall at university almost …

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NBCC Reads Resistance Lit: Ron Smith on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible - Critical Mass Blog

by Ron Smith | Jan-10-2017<p><i>What's your favorite work of resistance literature? That's the question that launches this year's NBCC Reads series, which</i> …

Act Now And You Can Write In Mark Twain’s Library For Only $50

It’s almost an understatement to say that Mark Twain is one of the greatest writers in American history. Born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, the man who would go by the pen name Mark Twain, was responsible for some of the most beloved literature of the 19th (and early 20th) century.<p>The …

Literature

Stalked, patronised, dismissed: On being a woman writer in Pakistan (it’s often the same in India)

And, ultimately, not read enough. All of these, by men.<p>Three years ago I was invited to discuss my novel on arranged marriages at a cultural centre …

Writing

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

“A Quiet Place” became that rare thing in Hollywood this weekend: A breakout hit based on an original idea.<p>5:03 p.m. Today5:03 p.m. April 8, …

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Why I Lack Trust Today

Trust is being able to feel free in front of others. Trust is crying in front of your spouse without fear that they may leave you. Trust is leaving …

How to keep a reading journal

In August 2014, my husband gave me a black Moleskine that launched a continuous habit of notebook-keeping. It started as a general mix of ideas, …

Productivity

Special edition of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf becomes bestseller in Germany

The copyright on the book expired in 2015, making the text public domain.<p>A new edition of Mein Kampf, the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's political, …

Margaret Atwood Cautions America Against 'Dictators Of Any Kind'

Margaret Atwood knows about political tumult. Over 30 years ago, she wrote a classic book about a society’s quick slide into a woman-oppressing dystopia. The title remains relevant; <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is getting adapted for a TV series next year, starring Elisabeth Moss (of “Mad Men” fame).<p>As an …

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Controversial Mein Kampf Reprint Becomes German Bestseller

Germany withheld Adolf Hitler’s notorious memoir <i>Mein Kampf</i> from print for as long as legally possible, intent on keeping the dictator’s horrific legacy from maintaining a foothold in its post-war society. However, when the book finally entered the public domain in 2016, it was inevitable that new …

Banned, burned, or simply life changing: what are the best dangerous books?

Authors including Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess, Tanya Landman, Louise O’Neill, Bali Rai, Candy Gourlay, James Dawson and Leigh Bardugo share the books they probably weren’t meant to read that either rocked their world or rocked the world<p>• Plus what’s coming in our joint Amnesty International and …

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The 3 Banned Books That Have Immeasurably Shaped My Life

“It was a pleasure to burn.”<p>Even now, when I read it, the first sentence of <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> gives rise to goosebumps. No one sentence from any novel …

4 banned books from around the world you should absolutely read

I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD, and I had discovered my Dad’s tattered old copy of Stephen King’s truly terrifying vampire book, <i>‘Salem’s Lot</i>. I was hooked …

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

<i>Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours</i><p><i>Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower</i><p>— Riz MC, "Immigrants," <i>Hamilton Mixtape</i><p>In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion's …

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After years of scandal, Philip Larkin finally has a spot in Poets' Corner

Philip Larkin, one of English poetry’s most recognisable voices, has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner.<p>His ledger stone was …

Literature

Reading Racism: Don't Let Books Become Victims of Our Discourse on Race

At a time when racist actions fill our newsfeeds and send us into a low-grade depression, the last thing we want to see is the n-word in our …

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