Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds

Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds

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Examines the history and issues surrounding the censorship of works banned for their political content, including "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck, "The Man Died" by Wole Soyinka, and "The Politics of Dispossession" by Edward Said.

Book News
Those who believe that only nazis ban books should pay attention to the case of Harold O. Rugg, whose An Introduction to Problems of American Culture of 1931, which powerful individuals, corporations and organizations worked to suppress because Rugg questioned, among other things, whether the American system actually rewarded common people for their hard work. Karolides (English, U. of Wisconsin, River Falls) describes over 100 titles, including Milton's Areopagitica, Orwell's Animal Farm, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, Sinclair's The Jungle, Machiavelli's The Prince, Paine's The Rights of Man and Mandela's The Struggle is My Life, along with works by Vonnegut, Jin, Mailer, Richard Wright and John Kenneth Galbraith. Karolides provides author biographies, summaries of contents and updated reports on censorship. This edition also includes new entries for such works as Soyinka's The Man Died, Xingjian's Bus Stop and Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"...recommended as a reference book for high school and public libraries." VOYA

Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, church institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books that challenged their beliefs or questioned their activities. Political censorship was even applied to ancient Greek dramas during the Nazi occupation in 1942. Political suppression also occurs in the name of security and the safeguarding of official secrets, and is often used as a weapon in larger cultural or political battles. Such censorship has affected every form of writing.

Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds, Revised Edition illustrates the extent and frequency of political censorship of many kinds of literature. The entries new to this edition include works by Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Gao Xingjian, as well as works by Ha Jin and Edward Said. This edition also includes many updates to existing entries, such as Gulliver's Travels.

New and updated entries include:
  • After Such Knowledge, What Forgiveness? (Jonathan C. Randal)
  • Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (Ron Kovic)
  • Burger's Daughter (Nadine Gordimer)
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown)
  • Bus Stop (Gao Xingjian)
  • Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
  • The Case for India (Will Durant)
  • Did Six Million Really Die? (Richard E. Harwood)
  • Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
  • El Señor President (Miguel Angel Asturias)
  • The Fugitive (Pramoedya Ananta Toer)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
  • Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
  • The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
  • Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
  • The Man Died (Wole Soyinka)
  • Manifesto of the Communist Party (Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels)
  • Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler)
  • "The Patriot" (Hanoch Levin)
  • The Politics of Dispossession (Edward Said)
  • The Prince (Machiavelli)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)
  • The Struggle Is My Life (Nelson Mandela)
  • The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
  • Waiting (Ha Jin)
  • and more.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2006
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780816062706
Characteristics: xxiii, 613 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Political grounds


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