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The Free Speech MovementReflections on Berkeley in the 1960s$
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Robert Cohen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222212

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222212.001.0001

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Elegy for Mario Savio

Elegy for Mario Savio

(p.563) Elegy for Mario Savio
The Free Speech Movement

Wendy Lesser

University of California Press

This chapter presents an elegy for Mario Savio. It discusses Savio's lack of interest in publishing for fear of losing the copyright. The chapter also describes how he gave political speech the weight and subtlety of literature. It argues that Savio's speeches cannot be captured in print because his voice, accent, and pitch were physically part of the meaning of his words. It expresses the author's feeling of a great loss on Savio's death as if the last surviving member of a rare and beautiful species has disappeared from the earth.

Keywords:   Mario Savio, elegy, publishing, copyright, political speech, literature

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