Books: Overripe?

Says a Cambridge adage: "Banned in Boston is the trademark of a good book." Last fortnight Strange Fruit (TIME, March 20), Lillian Smith's controversial novel about Southern racial problems, miscegenation and lynching, joined the long list of Boston's hall-marked books.* A policeman had read some of it and was shocked. "The boldest indecent passages I have ever seen," said Boston's Police Commissioner Thomas F. Sullivan. The disturbing passages, he explained, were shown him by a father who had bought Strange Fruit as a present for his daughter in the WAVES. Said the...

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