He who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe
an exhibition of books which have survived Fire, the Sword and the Censors
University of Kansas Library 1955
Protecting Free Market Place of Ideas
The word, written or printed, has played a crucial role in the dramatic history of man's effort to scale the hard cliffs of prejudice, ignorance and tyranny.
In a real sense, the trials and tribulations suffered by manuscripts and books reflect the continuous struggle of man to become and remain free, for, in the work of the censor and book burner, the naked determination of the tyrant to sublimate reason and thought to his own ends is never more apparent.
The University of Kansas, dedicated now as always to the "free market place of ideas," is proud to present this exhibit as an expression of our belief in the right of man to proceed through reason as well as faith and as a reminder that this right must be guarded jealously by thoughtful men at all times.
Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy
The following works are useful as an introduction to the history of banned books:
Craig, Alec. The banned books of England. London, 1937.
Daniels, Walter M. ed. The censorship of books. New York, 1954. (The Reference Shelf, Vol. 26, No. 5.)
Ditchfield, P. H. Books fatal to their authors. London, 1903.
Gillett, Charles R. Burned books: neglected chapters in British history and literature. New York, 1932. Two vols.
Haight, Anne Lyon. Banned books: informal notes on some books banned for various reasons at various times and in various places. Second edition, New York, 1955.
Jackson, Holbrook. The fear of books. London, 1932.
Houben, H. H. Verbotene Literatur von der klassischen Zeit bis zur Gegenwart. Berlin, 1924-28. Two vols.
Iversen, Max. Forbudte boger. Copenhagen, 1948.
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