Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK

None at Molasses Books

Sat, May 27 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

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.


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.

Teacher: Ward Regan
Venue: Molasses Books
Add to Calendar May 27, 20177 p.m. May 27, 2017 America/New_York Think Olio | Great Books Written in Prison: From Plato to MLK 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. None

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