Happy Birthday: Ernest Hemingway!
Words from the writer…
"For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed." ~Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Banned Book: Lady Chatterley's Lover
Forty-nine years ago, today, D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover was ruled “not a dirty book” by a U.S. District Court Judge. The Postmaster General had banned the book from being sent in the mail because he deemed it “obscene”. The court lifted the U.S. Post Office ban based on arguments from Charles Rembar that the postmaster general was not qualified to judge the obscenity of any material sent through the mail. Written in 1928, Lawrence’s novel was considered scandalous because of its explicit sex scenes and language (also banned in the U.K., India and Australia).
Curiosity regularly gets the better of me and I had to visit the American Library Associations (ALA) list of banned books. They have compiled lists of the most challenged authors and books. This brings up an interesting question. Do you think there is ever justification for banning books?