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'The best banned in the land': Censorship and Irish Writing since 1950

Donal Ó Drisceoil
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 35, Irish Writing since 1950 (2005), pp. 146-160
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509330
Page Count: 15
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'The best banned in the land': Censorship and Irish Writing since 1950
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Abstract

This article examines the censorship of Irish writing since 1950. It gives an historical overview of the evolution of literary censorship in twentieth-century Ireland, with particular reference to the operations of the Censorship of Publications Acts, 1929 and 1946. It includes a list of books by Irish authors that were banned since 1950; an account of the supplanting of the Catholic activists who had controlled the Censorship of Publications Board since its inception; the fundamental reforms introduced in 1967; and an account and analysis of the impact of censorship on Irish writing and Irish writers, and the variety of their responses.

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