Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

Presented with Molasses Books


This Olio looks at some of the great books written in prison and the wide-ranging yet concise history of the failure to silence voices of dissent. Many important historical figures were imprisoned for promoting unpopular or dangerous ideas. Some used their time behind bars to write books that shaped the course of history.

The talk offers an examination of influential works written—in whole or in part—while their authors were in prison or exile. We'll look at the texts and a short history of the development of the modern prison system along with the circumstances that landed these authors in prison. We'll discuss works by authors like Plato, Thomas Paine, Gandhi, Thoreau, Bertrand Russell, Hitler and Martin Luther King, Jr.




Location: Molasses Books

770 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

'A tiny, funky, bookstore-bar-coffee-shop hybrid over by Maria Hernandez Park. There are books on nearly every surface, a few precariously balanced space heaters to counteract the draft off the door and prime seats by the fogged-up windows (once you push aside the books). Tough to find a cozier spot on a cold night, especially when the twinkle lights are on.' - Edible Brooklyn


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