«The impulse to censor is as old as the impulse to create», said Alberto Manguel: «Plato, not the most liberal of men, suggested that the work of storytellers should be carefully examined 'and what they do well we must pass and what not, reject». Censorship has seen many different forms through history, responding to the needs of vigilance, repression and political engineering in accordance to the exercise of power and maintenance of social order by authoritarian regimes. Yet little is known about the way censors actually operated. Through his extensive archival research, Robert Darnton (Censors At Work) uncovers the unknown and often incredibly cultured censors who, competently or prejudicially, with intolerance or deception to the cause, over centuries placed themselves at the service of a control system over artistic and cultural production, whose objective is not only to stifle freedom of expression but to penetrate into the most intimate mechanisms of the soul of the people.
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