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Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance is the first in a series of three themed archive exhibits that showcase artifacts from the Robert E. Cormier Collection at Fitchburg State University's Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library. While this first exhibit addresses the topic of censorship, our 2016 exhibit Evil, Empathy, and Finding Humanity focuses on bullying and terrorism while our 2020 exhibit Twisted Intimacy centers on the sexualization of children
Our overarching goal in all three exhibits is to highlight portions of the collection related to a core set of Cormier’s work with three novels for each digital exhibit. Censorship and Intolerance includes artifacts related to Cormier's more frequently censored novels: The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, and Fade.
Robert Cormier’s work and influence in young adult literature are without question. To house his collection at Fitchburg State University is a privilege, and by digitizing portions of the collection, we encourage further scholarly work.
As you move through the exhibit, note that we have arranged materials into five collections visible from the "Browse Exhibits" on our top menu. As you open individual documents, keep in mind that clicking on a hyperlinked "tag" will bring you to a list of related documents in the archive.
12 photographs of Leominster and Fitchburg locales featured in I Am the Cheese.
This collection highlights Robert Cormier's ethical and authorial choices in his work. Often Cormier painted censorship as an exercise of fear...
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A summary program for the Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance Symposium held at Fitchburg State University's Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library…
A promotional poster for the Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance Symposium held at Fitchburg State University's Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio…
Graduate students at Fitchburg State College assembled responses from Robert Cormier on frequently asked questions on I Am the Cheese. Questions…