Silly Censorship

Macrae-Gibson,R R.Macrae-Gibson at
Tue Apr 29 09:27:37 EDT 2003

In a similar vein does anyone know if it was the publishers or DWJ herself who suggested the cuts in reissues of Cart & Cwidder?
This is a slightly different case, as the cuts are plot details/background, rather than of 'suggestive' material.

I still think the cuts are silly, though. I can repost them if anyone's interested.


-----Original Message-----
From: minnow at [mailto:minnow at]
Sent: 28 April 2003 20:54
To: dwj at
Subject: Re: Silly Censorship

Hallie O'Donovan asked:
>Ok, potentially the most disruptive question of all: why did DWJ give 
>permission for the changes to _Deep Secret_ in the US YA edition? 
>Could she possibly <gasp> disagree with all of *us* about cutting 
>books?   Or did some agent slip it by her without her really noticing?

She categorically and vehemently disputed every change they had
initially suggested, from start to finish, and couldn't see why they
wanted to bowdlerise nor why they should; then she developed a ten-pound
tumour and required major surgery, and somehow didn't have the energy to
argue it for a couple of weeks, and they went ahead without further
"consultation" and did what they saw fit.  They didn't send her any
copies, and she has been wondering what exactly they had perpetrated
ever since, but hadn't yet got round to pursuing the matter.

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