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Works of Shakespeare
Exhibits in Special Collections
Books: Shakespeare Censored!
online exhibition of the works of William Shakespeare
that have been censored, challenged, and banned around
is arguably the most famous and respected
author ever to write in the English
language. His plays have been read by
millions and watched, both on stage and on
screen, by billions of people worldwide.
Yet, his works have provoked censorship
ever since their writing--even before
their first performances on stage. But
why? The reasons for censorship are nearly
as varied as the works themselves.
However, unlike Shakespeare's works, the
reasons for their censorship have changed
significantly over time.
In honor of the
Associationís Banned Books
Week (September 29 - October
6, 2007), the Occidental
College Library presents an
exhibition discussing the
most controversial works by
one of the greatest writers
of all time.
This online exhibition will attempt to
explain the purpose of Banned Books Week,
the past and current attempts to censor
William Shakespeare's canon of work, and
present resources to learn more about banned
books and the restriction of intellectual
Banned Books Week:
Celebrating the Freedom to Read.