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Letter to Irmo High School principal, Dr. John Sprawls in defense of The Chocolate War.

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A speech on self-censorship and parenting serves as Cormier's response to censorship attempts of The Chocolate War.

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Teacher John Merrill writes to principal Paul Tracy supporting The Chocolate War.

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Thanks and commiseration with a teacher facing a censorship battle.

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Robert Cormier writes to a class about how a character's development follows inevitable paths. He also addresses how the sequel to The Chocolate War aims to address readers' questions. Cormier later discusses the dangers of precautionary…

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Cormier responds to Art's concerns about the Salem censorship battle by describing the Panama City censorship of I Am the Cheese. The idea of protecting children through censorship and precautionary censorship makes up a large portion of the letter.

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This draft describes how Cormier shared a draft of The Chocolate War with his 15-year-old daughter to test Fabio Coen's idea that the excised chapter is unnecessary to the story. He then expresses his thanks for his network of supporters and family.

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Robert Cormier provides four bulleted points on his thoughts on censorship. These are frequently included in his letters to fans and objectors who write to him on censorship. He later added a fifth point addressing his distaste for defending his…

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Cormier describes how the source of fear is not in monsters on the screen or in books but those in our minds. He also describes a mother reading his novels along with her eighth-grade son.

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Assorted draft pages of Cormier's chapter on censorship later included in his essay "A Book Is Not a House: The Human Side of Censorship."

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Debbie Denzer shares her story of being fired for sharing a book about witchcraft with a student writing a paper on the topic. She admits her own disappointment in herself for previously dodging teaching Cormier's book for fear of falling into…

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Cormier discusses his feelings of helplessness in censorship battles. He also expresses his admiration for the teachers and librarians who support his writing and share it with young readers.

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This incomplete document includes Cormier's explanation for why a writer cannot consider a reader's response while writing because it risks producing bland work.

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Richardson recounts a student's journal entries on The Chocolate War as he worked on a paper on censorship of Cormier's work. The article includes portions of Paul's letter to Cormier and Cormier's complete response. Richardson closes on the…
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