Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Banned Books of 1960

Britain: Lolita has been banned by the Eastbourne Public Libraries Committee. Said Alderman Alan Skinner: "The disgusting goings on in bed of a dirty old man with a young girl does not appear to be the sort of thing on which public money should be spent.
The magazine, Harper's Bazaar, included Lolita in its Christmas gift suggestions "for your debutante niece."
Finchley Public Library has banned Loathsome Women, by Dr. Leopold Stein and Martha Alexander. The neighbouring borough of Hampstead has offered to lend it to the Finchley reader who requested it.

Australia: Erskine Caldwell's God's Little Acre has been ruled obscene in Melbourne.

Ireland: Night and the City, a novel by West Indian novelist, Samuel Selvon, has been banned as indecent by the Eire Censorship of Publications Board.

Malta: Droll Stories, by Balzac, and Woman of Paris, by Edmond de Goncourt have both been banned from the island as indecent.

Pakistan: The ban on the Concise Oxford Dictionary has been lifted following an undertaking by the publishers to issue a correction slip containing a revised definition of "Pakistan".

Taken from the January, 1960 issue of Books and Bookmen.