By Dawn B. SovaThe purpose of this four-volume set is to highlight a few four hundred works which were censored, banned, or condemned due to their political, social, spiritual, or sexual content material. The entries, which come with a precis, censorship background, and short bibliography, variety broadly from Aristotle via Galileo and on as much as Adolf Hitler and Judy Blume. Such recognized prohibited works as de Sade's a hundred and twenty Days of Sodom, the Communist Manifesto, and Huckleberry Finn are integrated right here, yet so are many different works which are now much less debatable, e.g., Milton's Areopagitica and Uncle Tom's Cabin. a number of the censorship histories are numerous pages lengthy, yet others are very brief; Born at the Fourth of July will get in basic terms 50 phrases. notwithstanding lots of the works are worthy detect, too many describe particularly vapid objections: Fail-Safe was once challenged via a college librarian who suggestion the e-book might undermine "America's self belief of their protection system." yet as one could count on, a few of the entries, reminiscent of the single for The Satanic Verses, are harrowing. ready through well-qualified students who've written and lectured widely on censorship, the set is a truly readable amassing of a lot beneficial details. It offers extra intensity and is extra present than both Anne L. Haight's Banned Books (1978. 4th ed.) or ALA's Banned Books source advisor (1995).