Banned Books Week: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Why are some books banned?? There is a long historical precedent, but, in part, the banned books page of the First Amendment Center.org explains that in the 1870s, "the pioneer of modern American censorship was Anthony Comstock... and he convinced Congress to pass a law, thereafter known as the "Comstock Law," banning... materials found to be "lewd, indecent, filthy or obscene" which includes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Definitely take a look at William Caxton's two gorgeous digitized originals of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales printed in the late 1400s and held in the British Library. View the manuscripts here.

Also you can read the Canterbury Tales in full text on Harvard University's website in their original Middle English or modern translation. View the online versions here.

Check the Milwaukee Public Library's Canterbury Tales holdings here. I recommend this Middle English version.

The image above is from the Ellesmere Canterbury Tales held in the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California. Visit the Hungtington Library here.

Submitted by Paula N. @ MPL Central


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