New Acquisitions: Naked Lunch

When “Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch” first appeared in The Chicago Review, public outrage over obscenity caused the University of Chicago to suppress its publication. In response, Chicago Review editor Irving Rosenthal founded a new literary journal called Big Table, whose inaugural issue included a reprint of the ten episodes from William S. Burrough’s novel-in-progress. The completed novel was first publishedContinue reading “New Acquisitions: Naked Lunch”

Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week 2016 is here! This year from September 25th to October 1st, we celebrate open access to information and the freedom to read. FSU Special Collections & Archives is host to several frequently challenged and banned classics available for use in our Reading Room, including: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. TolkienContinue reading “Banned Books Week 2016”

Banned Books Week Exhibit — 24 September – 1 October

Please join us in celebrating the freedom to read by stopping by the Exhibit Room in Strozier Library this week for our Banned Books Week Exhibit. The tumultuous and often violent relationship between texts and the censorship of words and ideas has existed since ancient times. Throughout history, the censorship of books has taken the form ofContinue reading “Banned Books Week Exhibit — 24 September – 1 October”

Some of my favorite books are right here in Special Collections

It is great to work in a place that contains editions of your favorite books.   I love Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books and especially Cross Creek, which was published in 1942 and is an autobiographical account of her life in rural North Central Florida. Cross Creek Cookery was published in 1942.  Rawlings was a wonderful cook,Continue reading “Some of my favorite books are right here in Special Collections”