The Encyclopedia of Censorship (Facts on File Library of World History) 2nd ed. Edition

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ISBN-10: 0816044643
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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–This new edition of a 1990 title includes hot-topic censorship issues from 1990 to 2000. The alphabetical entries cover people, legislation, and titles, including 37 newly challenged literary works such as J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Michael Willhoite's Daddy's Roommate, Lois Lowry's The Giver, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series. There is no separate entry for Robie Harris's It's Perfectly Normal, one of the most challenged books in the 1990s, but it is discussed briefly under human sexuality education. Fifteen frequently censored authors such as Judy Blume, Katherine Paterson, and Robert Cormier have earned a spot in the book, but other equally challenged writers such as Robert Lipsyte and Chris Crutcher are omitted. The National Coalition against Censorship and the American Library Association are included for their work against censorship, but other than an entry for the Christian Coalition, the volume has little coverage of organizations that have been a threat to free expression. There is an excellent discussion of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), Child Online Protection Act (COPA), and Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) entered under the topic of Internet Legislation (U.S.). A dozen new country entries including Afghanistan, Cuba, Japan, and Zimbabwe explain the global issues related to censorship. The articles are brief, clear, and useful for introductory information. The bibliography has been updated, and the index provides important links. Despite some omissions, this volume is an excellent resource.–Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville
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From Booklist

An updated edition of a 1990 publication, this volume includes new articles on about a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Canada, and Ukraine. In addition, 75 earlier country entries have been revised, and articles on 37 literary works and their censorship histories, as well as 15 frequently censored authors, have been added. Arranged alphabetically, the entries range from a few sentences to several pages. Some entries contain cross-references and bibliographic references. Even the four-volume Censorship: A World Encyclopedia (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001) was inadequate in its coverage of the huge literature on this topic. This one-volume global survey presents far more problems: no entry for banned in Boston; Salman Rushdie is listed twice in the index (once with inaccurate page references), but the text only offers a few words; Web sites are not included; Counterattack and Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence on Radio and Television, the major pro-censorship publications during the McCarthy period, are mentioned in the Blacklisting entry but are not indexed. Although this work offers some very useful ready-reference information on prominent court cases, censorship laws, country censorship, and individual works, it would have been greatly enhanced with more bibliographies. For libraries that already own the 1990 version, the revised edition helpfully provides recent material. Otherwise, it is an optional purchase. Donald Altschiller
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  • Item Weight : 4.3 pounds
  • Hardcover : 698 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0816044643
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0816044641
  • Product Dimensions : 8.68 x 1.48 x 11.28 inches
  • Reading level : 14 and up
  • Publisher : Facts on File; 2nd ed. Edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: : English
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