September 30, 2011 – It’s Banned Books Week!

Bit of celebration of banned books this week…plus a bit of amusement courtesy of Mr. Bill…

Excerpt from Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence

(with initial commentary from Lawrence)
Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

In support of Banned Books Week, and with Lawrence’s work recently passing into the public domain, I simply couldn’t resist an offering from Lady Chatterley’s Lover. After all, what better text to draw from in the support of all the books some would rather you never read. So I pulled out my copy of The Unexpurgated 1928 Orioli Edition (with THE most exquisite cover) and opted to begin my snippet with a quote from Lawrence on his intent with this book (he had some very definite ideas of what he wanted to accomplish). This is immediately followed by an excerpt taken from the latter part of the book.

Originally published in 1928 in Florence, when finally published in its entirely in Britain, it was immediately subject to trial under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act (in which Penguin Books prevailed). The book has been banned in at least 8 countries, mostly for sexual content and prevalent use of profanity (words unprintable in 1928). It may still be banned in China.

Bottom & Titania, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Read by Diane Havens & Robert Jadah

From the literature podcast at Actingitout.com: Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Fairy Queen Titania (Diane Havens) awakens to fall in love with Bottom (Robert Jadah) who has been been transformed, donkey-headed.

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