Neil Miller teaches journalism at Tufts University and is the award-winning author of five nonfiction books. His most recent work, Kartchner Caverns, won the 2009 Arizona Book Award. From the Hardcover edition.
"...Miller's book is rich with colorful anecdotes."--Journal of American History "This is a superb example of breathtaking research, presented in a style that will appeal to a broad audience...Rather than delivering a detailed history of the Watch and Ward, he offers up a series of vignettes that are historically accurate yet thoroughly entertaining in their telling. This is social history at its finest, and Miller should be applauded for resurrecting the history of this influential group that had a national reputation."--Choice Reviews The fight for artistic freedom in America begins in Boston, and Miller gives us a front-row seat.--Christopher M. Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act Miller relates a wealth of historical anecdotes...[they] left no shortage of entertaining censorship initiatives for Miller to recall here for readers' enjoyment.--Booklist As a catchphrase, 'banned in Boston' made history; as an imprimatur it sold books. --Chronicle Review"With precision, perception, and wry wit, Neil Miller serves up a juicy tale of censorship past. From sex, drugs, and a swearing parrot to almost anything French, Banned in Boston demonstrates that campaigns to save us from ourselves never go out of fashion."--Nan Levinson, author of Outspoken: Free Speech Stories
"A lively history of the notorious Watch and Ward Society, which
for a century sought to establish decency by suppressing 'obscene'
works by authors such as Boccaccio, Whitman, Dreiser, Faulkner, and
Mencken. This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding
how censorship ultimately destroys not indecency, but
freedom."--Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free
Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on
Terrorism "I read this book with one eye over my shoulder,
fully expecting the Watch and Ward police to burst in and
confiscate it for being too provocative! But it would have been
worth it. Neil Miller has given us everything we could ask for in
an enjoyable history--a revealing subject, well-drawn characters,
and a colorful portrait of another era, all wrapped in a
fast-paced, easy-to-read story. Banned in Boston is a Boston
gem."--Stephen Puleo, author of A City So Grand, The
Boston Italians, and Dark Tide "Neil Miller has created
a fascinating and often funny history of a time when censors ruled.
The fight for artistic freedom in America begins in Boston, and
Miller gives us a front-row seat."--Christopher M. Finan, president
of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and
author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of
the Fight for Free Speech in America As a catchphrase, banned in
Boston made history; as an imprimatur it sold books. Now telling
its story in rollicking fashion is Banned in Boston: The Watch and
Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social
Evil (Beacon Press), by Neil Miller...- Chronicle Review"...Miller
relates a wealth of historical anecdotes regarding the likes of H.
L. Mencken, Upton Sinclair, and Walt Whitman ...the society moved
on to other matters of perceived public good, but it left no
shortage of entertaining censorship initiatives for Miller to
recall here for readers' enjoyment."-Booklist"Miller, who knew
almost nothing about the history of book banning in Boston before
beginning research for his book, was presented with the idea for
this latest project by his publishers at Beacon Press after they
discovered that their office was located in the old New England
Watch and Ward Society headquarters. Ironically enough, the
building is now a hub of dissemination of many of the types of
literature that the society once sought to ban, he said."-The Tufts
Daily"A fast-paced, highly readable account of a
forgotten...chapter in Boston's history."
-PhiloBiblos"Mr. Miller has provided a service by being the first to document the entire history of the notorious Watch and Ward Society, from its formation in 1878 to its last, dying gasps in the 1950s. The story is fascinating and often funny, and the author (who teaches journalism at Tufts University) tells it with clarity and perception."- The Washington Times"Banned in Boston is Neil Miller's entertaining and informative account of the Society's activities from its founding through its heyday in the early 1960s...Banned in Boston provides a balanced look at a local movement that represented a widespread - and continuing - tension within American society."- Suite 101
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