Did you know that this past week was Banned Books Week? I didn't realize myself until I came across a great post on the subject from one of my favorite blogs. After doing a bit of e-search (get it?!) I discovered that as recently as 2001 there were burnings of Tolkien's beloved The Lord of the Rings series. Uh...really? In fact, classics, epic in number, continue to be challenged. And while I believe each individual has the right to refrain from any material she might find offensive, I also strongly believe that each individual has the right to choose for herself what she reads. Boo to censorship!
After looking through a couple of banned-book lists, I took just a few minutes to gather some of the censored publications that sit around, and are occasionally read, in my household. It didn't take long to accrue a hefty pile.
All of these were/could be missing from libraries
As far as I am aware, the last banned book I read was Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. It has the distinction of being the last book to be banned in Britain.
As you can see, I own the unexpurgated edition. Not a word has been censored. This week has reminded me that unabridgement is a blessing (though there are times when lengthiness and redundancy don't make it feel like a privilege).
So, in honor of this auspicious occasion I am resolved to immerse myself in a banned book that I haven't read before. Since I own this beautiful edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover...
...I have settled on D.H. Lawrence's infamous novel. Isn't it gorgeous?
So excited to see what's inside
I am grateful to live in a place where I have so many reading options open to me. I am also grateful that Banned Books Week has inspired me to read some D.H. Lawrence, because I have spent several years and a whole lotta money to become educated in British literature...yet I have never read a word from this quintessential author. Oh, the shame! Have you been reading any banned books lately? Do any of your favorites show up on these lists?