BPC Bulletin: A New History: Burning the Books

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


A new book — Richard Ovenden’s Burning the Books — appeared earlier this year. It is a history of book burning and resistance to book burning.

Mr. Ovenden is a top librarian at Oxford University in Britain:



In The Critic, Alexander Larman writes:

In the Financial Times, Michael Skapinker writes:


Thanks go to Anne McClelland who forwarded Alexander Larman’s article.


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