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Nonsenseorship   By: (1884-1982)

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In "Nonsenseorship" by Frank Swinnerton, the author critically analyzes the concept of censorship in a mind-opening and thought-provoking manner. With a blend of wit, intellect, and careful research, Swinnerton dissects the idea of suppressing creative freedom and expression, exposing the detrimental effects that censorship has on society.

From the outset, Swinnerton acknowledges the presence of censorship in various forms throughout history, highlighting its recurring patterns and motives. He provides a comprehensive overview of censorship's development, tracing its journey from ancient times to modern societies. This chronological approach allows readers to comprehend the evolution of censorship, making it easier to analyze and question its purpose and impact.

One of the book's strongest aspects is Swinnerton's ability to present a balanced argument. He explores both the advantages and disadvantages of censorship, neutralizing their respective influences. Through clear and concise explanations, he reveals how censorship can act as a double-edged sword, aiming to protect society while concurrently stifling creativity and individualism. By juxtaposing these contrasting effects, the author leaves readers pondering their own stance on this contentious issue.

Furthermore, Swinnerton invites readers to consider the moral and ethical implications of censorship. He delves into the power dynamics behind censorship, examining the motivations and ideologies of those who enforce or advocate for it. This critical examination encourages readers to question the authorities and institutions that decide what is fit for public consumption, ultimately empowering individuals to challenge unjust and arbitrary acts of censorship.

Despite its scholarly approach, "Nonsenseorship" remains accessible to a wide range of readers. Swinnerton's prose is engaging, infused with humor and anecdotes that lighten the overall tone of the book. Through relatable examples and engaging storytelling, he successfully conveys complex ideas in a digestible manner without compromising the depth of his analysis.

At times, the book may feel slightly outdated, given its original publication date. Nevertheless, the core ideas and concepts remain timeless, serving as a timeless reminder of the importance of free expression and the potential dangers of censorship.

In conclusion, "Nonsenseorship" is a valuable and thought-provoking exploration of the complex and multifaceted issue of censorship. Swinnerton's adept writing style, balanced analysis, and critical examination of the moral implications make this book an essential read for anyone interested in the intersection of art, society, and freedom of expression.

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NONSENSEORSHIP

BY

HEYWOOD BROWN GEORGE S. CHAPPELL RUTH HALE BEN HECHT WALLACE IRWIN ROBERT KEABLE HELEN BULLITT LOWRY FREDERICK O'BRIEN DOROTHY PARKER FRANK SWINNERTON H. M. TOMLINSON CHARLES HANSON TOWNE JOHN V. A. WEAVER ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT and the AUTHOR of "THE MIRRORS of WASHINGTON" Edited by G. P. P.

SUNDRY OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING PROHIBITIONS INHIBITIONS AND ILLEGALITIES

Illustrated By RALPH BARTON

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At current bootliquor quotations, Haig & Haig costs twelve dollars a quart, while any dependable booklegger can unearth a copy of "Jurgen" for about fifteen dollars. Which indicates, at least, an economic application of Nonsenseorship.

Its literary, social, and ethical reactions are rather more involved. To define them somewhat we invited a group of not too serious thinkers to set down their views regarding nonsenseorships in general and any pet prohibitions in particular.

In introducing those whose gems of protest are to be found in the setting of this volume, it is but sportsmanlike to state at the start that admission was offered to none of notable puritanical proclivity... Continue reading book >>




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