Censorship Battles

This collection details Robert Cormier's thoughts on defending his work against censorship and also presents the perspectives of other parties who were engaged in battling censorship attempts.

Although Robert Cormier disliked having to address censorship and take time from his writing to defend his work, he was diligent in helping librarians and teachers who fought to keep his books in libraries, schools, and the hands of young readers. This section of the exhibit includes letter exchanges with individuals fighting in censorship battles and those seeking Cormier’s advice and assistance. Draft versions of Cormier’s essay “A Book is Not a House” along with his signed statement on the subject of censorship appear here.


Elise Takehana and Anna Consalvo