Book Burning: A Sordid History of Cultural Erasure by Maren Williams
This article has been published on the CBLDF website. It begins:
For as long as books have existed, people have been trying to burn them. Book burning is in the Bible, as some 19th century Los Angeles ministers pointed out in advocating a purge of the public library. In recent times, bonfires of books and other media from video games to Beatles records have been largely symbolic since the burners don’t intend to eradicate every copy in existence, but not so long ago that was indeed the goal. In a recent article for Smithsonian, Lorraine Boissoneault takes readers on a brief tour through the centuries-long history of book burning..