MISCELLANEOUS

dated August 2, 1954: Decameron

The Swindon Borough Magistrates in Swindon (Wiltshire) on July 29 ordered the destruction of Boccaccio's classic, The Decameron, on the ground that it was obscene. A defending lawyer warned them that the book had been regarded as a classic for 500 years and that Shakespeare's "All's Well that Ends Well" was derived from it. "In any case it was unlikely to fall into the hands of young people or to harm them. It took a person of some education to understand it - and it cost three guineas sterling." The court ordered 65 books in all out of 348 seized from a local shop to be destroyed.

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