13 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Childhood Books: Critical Linking, January 31, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer.

6. H.A. Rey and his wife Margret fled Paris on bicycles with the first manuscript of Curious George in 1940, shortly before the city was taken by Nazis.

Whhhhhattt?! These facts about classic children’s books are fascinating.

An attempt to give parents a veto over the teaching of books deemed to contain sexually explicit content has been thrown out by Virginia state education authorities, marking the end of a controversial bill that would have enabled parents to ban children from studying classics such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved, The Diary of Anne Frank and Romeo and Juliet if they deemed their content sexual.

Sit down, censors!

When it comes to undermining the media, controlling the dissemination of information and political leaders’ contradictions, there’s plenty of literary precedent. If you’ve read Orwell and are looking for more novels on these topics, there’s a range of dystopian and realistic fiction grappling with censorship and propaganda.

A really excellent list of books to read after you’ve re-read 1984.

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