Thursday, November 15, 2007

Speaks for itself

In 1868, French physician Adam Raciborski "recommended a total ban on novel-reading before the age of 20, with entry to public libraries being forbidden. Like many writers of the late nineteenth century, he regarded fiction as giving a deceptive image of the world, and encouraging immorality." (Helen King, Disease of Virgins: Green Sickness, Chlorosis, and the Problems of Puberty, p. 41)

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