I am a strong opponent of censorship in its many forms – visual, aural, written, spoken. As a fierce defender of the First Amendment, I read banned books, I enjoy provocative movies, I listen to music having edgy lyrics – and I support the right of others to do the same.
Of the 22 books published under my name, four focus on censorship: BANNED PLAYS, FORBIDDEN FILMS, BANNED BOOKS: LITERATURE SUPPRESSED ON SOCIAL GROUNDS, and BANNED BOOKS: LITERATURE SUPPRESSED ON SEXUAL GROUNDS. The last two books have gone into third editions. My books have been published in the U.S. and England. Editions have published in other countries and translated into Polish, Czechoslovakian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and German.
I am amused that my two works on book censorship – BANNED BOOKS: LITERATURE SUPPRESSED ON SEXUAL GROUNDS and BANNED BOOKS: LITERATURE SUPPRESSED ON SOCIAL GROUNDS – appear in the reference sections of many public and school libraries across the nation, yet several of the books discussed in the volumes are banned outright or placed on “special” shelves in many of these same libraries.
My other writing has been varied, ranging from the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MISTRESSES to AGATHA CHRISTIE, A-TO-Z, and EDGAR ALLAN POE, A LITERARY GUIDE TO HIS LIFE AND WORK.
Awards -- In 2002, EDGAR ALLAN POE, A-TO-Z won the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Award for Best Non-fiction Work. A few years earlier, AGATHA CHRISTIE, A-TO-Z was nominated by the MWA in the same category.
I have been honored by invitations to speak on the topic of challenged, censored and banned media to regional and state library associations, including the New Jersey Library Association, the Association of School Librarians and the northeast meeting of the American Library Association, as well as to private groups.
In 2014, the Vermont Library Association honored me by inviting me to present the John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture.
On a personal note, I possess a Ph.D., and I have taught diverse writing and literature courses at various universities over decades. I have not allowed either the doctorate nor the academic experience to stand in the way of clear communication.