Censored Books II
About the Author
Nicholas J. Karolides is a professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He is also the author of 100 Banned Books.)
Beautifully reasoned arguments support the teaching of books that are frequently challenged by would-be censors. Author Karolides has chosen a wide range of literature, from the contemporary bestselling Harry Potter books to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Some books are challenged in the name of political correctness; others because of concern over violent or sexual content. The rationales, written by authors themselves, librarians, and teachers, examine the value of each work as literature, its content relative to societal values, and the always thorny issue of what material actually constitutes "suitable" reading for young people. For librarians, teachers, and parents-and anyone concerned with young people and intellectual freedom.