Censorship

Censorship

Censorship

Censorship

Synopsis

A collection of poetry which is mainly about love and loss and other aspects of relationships, particularly from the point of view of the deserted wife, the lonely woman. Underlying the poems is a wish for something better and hope for the future.

Excerpt

Attempting to write a book about the history of censorship in America is somewhat akin to attempting to write a book about the history of the nation; it is a daunting task to squeeze in everything important, omitting the minor or inconsequential while leaving out nothing of importance. Scholars have written volumes on each area of censorship, and a book such as this can do little more than highlight the significant and try to put it into context.

Being an author, although at times a solitary endeavor, requires copious amounts of help from others. First, I would like to thank my wife, Margaret Weaver, and our son, Jesse Weaver Paxton, for putting up with my seizure of one end of the dining room table for my assorted research material and laptop computer, for enduring my seemingly endless writing, and for not complaining when I obsessed over various chapters and frantically tried to meet deadlines. A tremendous thank you also goes to Margaret for spending hour after hour after hour poring over my manuscript and making uncountable suggestions for improvements (although any errors that did creep into the manuscript are solely my fault).

I would also like to thank Missouri State University, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film for granting me a one-semester sabbatical so that I could get started on the book once I signed the contract with Greenwood. My students at Missouri State also deserve thanks for putting up with my schedule, in which I devoted most Tuesdays and Thursdays during several semesters to work on this book. The staff at Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus also aided . . .

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