Dangers and Precautions
Letter from Robert Cormier to Art 17 January 1987
In this letter, Cormier addresses his concern, most broadly, with the act of censorship and some of its virulent forms such as death threats and bombings. He points to censor motivations such as well-meaning parents who think they can protect their children from “the world they’re living in” which Cormier deems an “impossible” task. He alludes to the panoptical (Foucault, 1995) fallout upon editors who increasingly value sanitizing of incoming texts – and worse still for Cormier, is the self-censoring writer.
Gavin, A. E. (ed). (2012). Robert Cormier. London: Palgrave-McMillan.