Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints

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John M. Kean, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has taught and published articles on children's and young adult literature, the teaching of writing, and censorship in the schools. He has been a member and chair of the NCTE Committee Against Censorship and a member of the CEE Commission on Intellectual Freedom and the IRA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom. The late Lee Burress, Professor Emeritus, English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught and published on American literature, folklore, composition, and literary censorship and was a member and chair of the NCTE Committee Against Censorship. He was author, co-author, or co-editor of Battle of the Books (Scarecrow, 1989); Celebrating Censored Books (with Nicholas Karolides); How Censorship Affects the School and Other Essays; and The Student's Right to Know (with Edward Jenkinson). Nicholas Karolides is Professor of English and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His recent books include Reader Response in the Classroom, Evoking and Interpreting Literature in the Classroom, Focus on Physical Impairments, and Focus on Fitness (with Melissa Karolides).


...a good, general reference....a resource book to provide inspiration....essays are well-crafted and interesting to read....--VOYA
...should be mandatory reading for all librarians and educators....it is the eloquence of the essays, not the number of them, that makes this book impressive....recommended for every professional's shelf.--School Library Journal
Although this collection of essays is aimed at assisting the growing numbers of students, teachers, and librarians who may have to confront censorship, Censored Books will be of interest to anyone involved in the world of books.--AB Bookman's Weekly
...a fine review of censorship problems that have surfaced in this country over the past three decades....recommended for all professional collections.--Public Library Quarterly
This is a book for educators struggling with the philosophical issues of selection and censorship....Highly recommended.--Book Report
Bound to be of assistance to teachers and librarians besieged by claims that removing vital works of literature will somehow protect the moral purity of children....communicates an optimistic belief that the joys of reading eventually triumph.--Booklist
This book is a critical testament, the most revealing evidence published for many years.--Library Association Record
This is a rich, deep, multifaceted work of great value to librarians, educators, and the general public, who will gain much from its open, readable style. All public, school, and academic libraries need this work for edification, pure enjoyment of its contents, and as a practical tool ready for use when the worst case appears at their doorstep.--Rq
This collection of essays is an invaluable reference book for all libraries.--Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom
Scarecrow Press consistently publishes quality work on important topics....--Australian Library Journal
...offers excellent rationales...for reading the book--by Twain, Steinbeck, Angelou, and others--which have been censored.--The Saint Louis Journalism Review
...serves to remind one of the many insidious ways through which censorship operates and ultimately stifles creativity....a valuable book which avoids being alarmist or hysterical but urges vigilance, and awareness of the dangers of complacency.--Journal of Information and Library Research
...fill[s] a niche that few anthologies on censorship address.--L&C
Must Read!--Today's Books