Kurt Vonnegut’s Letter to Drake High School: ‘You Have Insulted Me’
Drake High School in North Dakota made headlines in October of 1973 when school board members burned 32 copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter-House Five because they found it “objectionable,” the Minot Daily News reports.
The Daily News article from that day quoted Drake Public School Board President Charles McCarthy, who told the paper he didn’t think the book was fit for children.
“We didn’t approve of its obscene language,” McCarthy said Nov. 9, 1973. “It might pass in a college, but not in this school.”
Now, it turns out, Vonnegut wrote to the school board the following month expressing his disgust and contempt. From popular blog Letters Of Note: