Re: [mythsoc] The Index
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From: "Berni Phillips" <bernip@...>
> From: "John D Rateliff" <sacnoth@...>
>> Does anyone have a good feel for
>> how strictly twentieth century Catholics, particularly in England,
>> took this prohibition? Were most even aware of which books were and
>> were not on the list (e.g., would even a reasonably well-informed
>> Catholic know he could read Tristan Shandy but not A Sentimental
>> Journey)? Any insights much appreciated.
> I'm not a Tolkien expert (although my husband is), but I would assume
> that Tolkien did not read banned books.
Am I correct in thinking that a scholar, who had a good reason, could obtain
dispensation to read a banned book?
I suspect that Miss Flannery O'Connor read plenty of books on the Index, but
she was in another country and a later generation, though a devout Catholic.