Library Project Focuses on Banned Books

September 28, 2010
By Cherry Crayton

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Check out this cool project the folks at NCSU Libraries undertook for Banned Book Week, which is the last week in September. The library asked members from the campus community to read excerpts from books they read that have been banned at various points in time by various organizations or schools. Chancellor Randy Woodson reads from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and our own Alumni Association Executive Director Benny Suggs ’69 reads from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Click here to listen to the excerpts recorded as part of NCSU Libraries’ “Banned Book Soundwave.” Click on “Learn More” beside each book jacket to read the history behind the attempts to ban each of the books listed.

Image courtesy of NCSU Libraries.

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One Response to “Library Project Focuses on Banned Books”

  1. Joseph Heckman says:

    As a lover of books and science Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. in Soil Science from North Carolina State University, has long been deeply outraged at the banning and burning of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s books carried out by the United States Food & Drug Administration back in 1956. The American Library Association has said: “This destruction of literature constitutes one of the most heinous examples of censorship in United States history.”
    http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/bannedbooksweek/bookburning/20thcentury

    I have personally collected and read most of Dr. Reich’s books and find them to be of great intellectual and scientific value. What a great tragedy that a rogue United States government agency would order the burning of Dr. Reich’s books.
    If the NC State University Community Celebrates Our Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week in 2011, I would welcome an invitation to read on the Brickyard a selection of Wilhelm Reich’s books that were banned and burned.
    Here is a list of the titles from the Wilhelm Reich Museum:

    http://www.wilhelmreichmuseum.org/biography.html

    “In New York City, on August 23, 1956, the FDA supervised the burning of several tons of Reich’s publications in one of the city’s garbage incinerators, including titles that were only to have been banned. Among the materials burned were:
    • Orgone Energy Bulletin (12,189 copies)
    • International Journal of Sex Economy and Orgone Research (6,261 copies)
    • Emotional Plague Versus Orgone Biophysics (2,900 copies)
    • Annals of the Orgone Institute (2976 copies)
    • The Oranur Experiment (872 copies)
    • Character Analysis
    • Cosmic Superimposition
    • Ether, God, and Devil
    • Listen, Little Man
    • People in Trouble
    • The Cancer Biopathy
    • The Function of the Orgasm
    • The Mass Psychology of Fascism
    • The Murder of Christ
    • The Sexual Revolution

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