I have posted a new entry at Thornfield Hall Redux, “On the Shelves of a Small-Town Bookstore.”
Here is an excerpt:
“Oh, thank God! They’re not censoring books here.” ”Wasn’t this banned?” my friend Janet asked. “As good as,” I said.
While browsing in a small-town bookstore, we were astonished to find Blake Bailey’s controversial biography of Philip Roth, which was withdrawn by its publisher, W. W. Norton, after Blake was accused of sexual harassment and abuse. Mind you, he was accused, but neither tried nor convicted. That is the way the system works nowadays. Blake, whom Roth had chosen as his biographer, was fortunate to find a new publisher in Skyhorse. In a statement about their acquisition of the book, Skyhorse quoted the Authors Guild….