Dating selective services
The (published in 1833) was threatened with banning by Boston’s district attorney unless the book was expurgated.
1497–98: Savonarola, a Florentine religious fanatic with a large following, was one of the most notorious and powerful of all censors.
In these years, he instigated great “bonfires of the vanities” which destroyed books and paintings by some of the greatest artists of Florence.
He persuaded the artists themselves to bring their works—including drawings of nudes—to the bonfires.
Despite objections by illustrious figures such as George Bernard Shaw (in 1909), this power remained with the Lord Chamberlain until 1968.
1859: Charles Darwin’s was published, outlining the theory of evolution.