Burning Books by Matthew Fishburn (auth.) PDF

By Matthew Fishburn (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230583660

ISBN-13: 9780230583665

ISBN-10: 134936309X

ISBN-13: 9781349363094

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25 Canfora took his cue from Edward Gibbon’s rather muted rage at the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, suggesting that Gibbon’s sardonic attack on religious prejudice did not preclude him from being confident that the right things had been salvaged from the wreckage. A better example of this optimism is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story ‘Earth’s Holocaust’ (1844), in which weary pilgrims erect an enormous pyre in order to burn the chattels of civilization. Newspapers, letters, money and weapons are some of the first to go, followed by alcohol and tobacco, and even abstract symbols of state or religion.

82 Gillett’s study is a bibliographer’s history, concentrating, naturally enough, on the survival of the book rather than the contemporary effects of any given censorship. 83 Writing in 1932, one year before the most famous book burnings of the twentieth century, the notion of an officially sanctioned book burning was being discussed as a subject for the antiquarian. The best example he could The Fear of Books 25 muster is a hazy anecdote about a lecturer at Exeter College becoming so infuriated with James Anthony Froude’s Nemesis of Faith that midway through a lecture he dashed it into the fireplace.

82 Gillett’s study is a bibliographer’s history, concentrating, naturally enough, on the survival of the book rather than the contemporary effects of any given censorship. 83 Writing in 1932, one year before the most famous book burnings of the twentieth century, the notion of an officially sanctioned book burning was being discussed as a subject for the antiquarian. The best example he could The Fear of Books 25 muster is a hazy anecdote about a lecturer at Exeter College becoming so infuriated with James Anthony Froude’s Nemesis of Faith that midway through a lecture he dashed it into the fireplace.

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