BERGLUL at BuffaloState.edu
Wed Jan 30 11:57:51 EST 2008
I appreciated the posting of Dahl's poem from "Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory," which oddly enough I specifically associate with Milton.
Several years ago I was asked by the Amnesty International chapter at
Connecticut College, where I used to teach, to speak about censorship
and free speech. For my presentation I read excerpts from
"Areopagitica," naturally, and talked about Milton's arguments. Then I
read excerpts from three works on the ALA listing of books banned in one
or more libraries in the United States: Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle
in Time," Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," and "Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory." I also noted that while I had found an
edition of Dahl's novel in the children's section of the New London CT
public library, in it this poem had been bowdlerized to remove the
references to cannibalism.
Lisa Berglund, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, English Department
Buffalo State College, SUNY
Executive Secretary, Dictionary Society of North America
Work: 716-878-4049; Fax: 716-878-5700
berglul at buffalostate.edu
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