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Title: Essays on Censorship and Art Author: John Galsworthy Release Date: October 27, 2006 [EBook #2901] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ESSAYS ON CENSORSHIP AND ART *** Produced by David Widger ESSAYS ON CENSORSHIP AND ART By John Galsworthy -Je vous dirai que l’exces est toujours un mal.- --ANATOLE FRANCE TABLE OF CONTENTS: ABOUT CENSORSHIP VAGUE THOUGHTS ON ART ABOUT CENSORSHIP Since, time and again, it has been proved, in this country of free institutions, that the great majority of our fellow-countrymen consider the only Censorship that now obtains amongst us, namely the Censorship of Plays, a bulwark for the preservation of their comfort and sensibility against the spiritual researches and speculations of bolder and too active spirits--it has become time to consider whether we should not seriously extend a principle, so grateful to the majority, to all our institutions. For no one can deny that in practice the Censorship of Drama works with a smooth swiftness--a lack of delay and friction unexampled in any public office.
No troublesome publicity and tedious postponement for the purpose of appeal mar its efficiency.
It is neither hampered by the Law nor by the slow process of popular election.
Welcomed by the overwhelming majority of the public; objected to only by such persons as suffer from it, and a negligible faction, who, wedded pedantically to liberty of the subject, are resentful of summary powers vested in a single person responsible only to his own ’conscience’--it is amazingly, Mon Apr 03 00:35:27 2017 2 triumphantly, successful. Why, t...

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