To commemorate this landmark anniversary, we are pleased to share this collection of significant banned and challenged books. For each year from towe have highlighted one book banned or challenged in that particular year. In most cases, these books faced significant controversy that spanned numerous years. The timeline presents only a sample of particularly notable challenges to particularly notable books during this period.
In Search of Alice Kerr-Sutherland by Februs I have to admit that when starting to write this article I knew very little of Alice Kerr-Sutherland but she seemed worthy of further investigation.
I should also confess that the finished article bears Banned books go ask alice resemblance to the one I was expecting to write, being more an account of my investigations than a detailed review of the life of Miss Kerr-Sutherland. Initial searches of the internet suggested she is known for being a dominatrix and author of a particularly celebrated book: Despite her apparent celebrity it turned out there were very few sources of actual information about her to be had but I was aware that an Alice Kerr-Sutherland Society had been formed so this seemed like a good enough place to start.
It further stated that: Unfortunately, despite all the info about the Society itself virtually nothing at all was said about Miss Kerr-Sutherland so this seemed like a good time to take a look at the book she was famous for penning.
A Guide To The Correction of Young Gentlemen Although apparently written in the book was first made available to a general audience via a reprint published by Delectus Books in The first page of the book reveals a subtitle: The publishers further go on to describe how all the copies were seized by the police prior to a single copy being sold or distributed when the privately-owned printing works belonging to Gerald Percival Hamer were raided on October 5th, The Introduction goes on to describe, in great detail, the subsequent trial which took place, the nett outcome being that all copies of the book were ordered to be burned and the publisher, Hamer, was sentenced to "11 years penal servitude".
How then did Delectus Books come into possession of the book if all the copies had been destroyed over 65 years ago? They claim not to know and make various detailed speculations about how one single copy might have been preserved. They also inform us that the book came into their possession under "curious circumstances" but unfortunately for the reader and would-be detective they refuse to reveal what these curious circumstances were.
They were equally tight-lipped when I contacted them recently in order to try and secure some primary sources for the information provided in their Introduction claiming they were "sworn to secrecy".
So, what then does the Introduction reveal about the life of Miss Kerr-Sutherland given that it appears to be the only actual source of information about her? A Short Biography She was born in She originally worked as a governess and for an 8 month period between November and August served as Assistant Matron at the St Mary Capel Home for Orphans in Nuneaton, Bedfordshire where she apparently left following allegations of harsh punishment which were reported by the Nuneaton Advertiser.
At some point between and she appears to have abandoned the role of Governess to become a dominatrix. In she was convicted of running a disorderly house at Clifton Terrace, Bristol and the Bristol Evening Herald reported how: Whilst operating as a prostitute in Bristol she apparently also advertised in "respected scholastic periodicals" as a specialist in the "correction of disruptive or unacceptable behaviour in boys".
Following her third conviction she was subsequently sent to Holloway Prison for a term of 4 years for public morality offences. She never married and died in having emigrated to South Africa. All in all one has to say that her biography reads very much like the idealised fantasy of a submissive male.
Being something of an amateur genealogist I decided to look for any records of birth, marriage or death for the surname Kerr-Sutherland within England, Scotland and Wales. There turned out to be no such records.
However, according to the Introduction to her book she had been mentioned in at least 2 newspapers, several scholastic journals and been convicted 3 times and eventually sent to prison. Surely, at least some of these sources must have used her real name. · Only parents can decide if they want their children to read GO ASK ALICE; they know their children best, and may wish to read the book themselves before deciding.
Clearly, the book is intense: It graphically describes the waking hell into which the main character descends, her heartfelt but futile battles to return home and stay clean, her heartoftexashop.com · "Go Ask Alice" is a book that deals realistically with young people's dealings with drugs--and so naturally, it has come under fire, and is often the target of book heartoftexashop.com Go Ask Alice, which reads like a diary, describes a teenage girl’s experiences with narcotics and sex.
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· Apparently the author of Go Ask Alice isn't very anonymous at all--the author is Beatrice Sparks, who at the time of the book's release was a social worker and member of the Mormon faith (she has since passed away).
She was originally credited as just an "editor" of the book, but after some questions arose regarding the true identity of "Alice heartoftexashop.com Book Review: “Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous October 3, / Go Ask Alice is the first-person tale of an accidental downward spiral into drugs, alcohol, unwanted sex, and impoverished heartoftexashop.com