Books: Reeks from the Reeks

The weird, neutral land of Ireland was in a stew about censorship last week. The censorship had nothing to do with the war. A farmer had complained to Eire's Book Censorship Bureau that he had found his daughter reading The Tailor and Anstey, a translation from the Gaelic of free-style conversation between an old Cork peasant and his wife. The Bureau (four professors, one a Catholic priest) promptly banned the book.

A motion to censure the censors was introduced into Eire's Senate. Uprose septuagenarian Professor of Metaphysics William Magennis of University College, Dublin, to declare for the censors, adding that "a campaign...

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