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“Worse than Opium”: “Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored” at the Harry Ransom Center

“All these books are worse than opium… I would rather have a child of mine use opium than read these books.”
—Senator Reed Smoot, Congressional Record, March 17, 1930

Learn which books were “worse than opium” in the Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition “Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored.” Focusing on the interwar years, the exhibition reveals the rarely-seen “machinery” of American censorship from 1918 to 1941. Writers, reformers, agents, attorneys, and publishers battled publicly over obscenity and freedom of expression. “Ulysses,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” and “The Grapes of Wrath” came under fire from would-be censors alongside classics like “The Decameron” and “The Canterbury Tales.”