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Gene Kerrigan: 'No alternative' to the rot shoved on us

Published 04/11/2012 | 05:00

Thank the Lord we have our betters to shield us from uglier matters of the day, writes Gene Kerrigan

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Samuel Beckett, Kate O'Brien, Frank O'Connor, John McGahern, Edna O'Brien, James Joyce and Sean O'Casey. This isn't a list of some of Ireland's great writers of the 20th Century. This is a list of some of the Irish writers who had some of their work banned by the State in the 20th Century.

Not to mention Sean O Faolain, Liam O'Flaherty, Maura Laverty, Austin Clarke, Brendan Behan and Walter Macken. Among international writers officially declared indecent or obscene and deemed too dangerous to read were Hemingway, Orwell, Proust, Huxley, Koestler, Updike and Mailer. And Sartre, Steinbeck, Nabokov, Freud and Faulkner.

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