SOUTH AFRICA: Hot Literature

All over the Union of South Africa last week, housewives and bookworms were combing their dusty shelves for copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Hopalong Cassidy Comics. Reason: the lady and the cowboy, together with a rapidly mounting list of other books considered offensive by the government, were suddenly hotter than a chunk of radioactive cobalt. By a neat change of phrase in the law that formerly merely prohibited the sale of such books (penalty: $600), Interior Minister Theophilus Dönges had made it a crime even to possess them. Standing dusty and...

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