Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

I'm working on a review of this book for a journal, Community and Junior College Libraries. The book begins with this quotation:

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings. Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1821

I find it ironic reading this book right after writing about a woman who thought it a perfectly fine idea to burn a book to prevent others from reading it and only retracted her comment after a furor was raised.

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