Banned Books

To ban the reading, publication, or writing of a book is both reprehensible and ridiculous. I didn’t post anything during Banned Books Week back in early October, so I’m a bit behind on this. No matter.

It’s never too late to celebrate our right to read, publish or write- to celebrate free speech in all its literary grandeur.

Below is a list of some of the books that have been banned, censored or challenged over the years:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * (1885)- Mark Twain
  • The Gulag Archipelago * (1973)- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover # (1928)- D.H. Lawrence
  • The Call Of The Wild * (1903)- Jack London
  • A Farewell To Arms * (1929)- Ernest Hemingway
  • As I Lay Dying # (1932)- William Faulkner
  • Catcher In The Rye @ (1951)- J.D. Salinger
  • Lolita # (1955)- Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Satanic Verses # (1988)- Salman Rushdie
  • Bridge To Terabithia # (1977)- Katherine Paterson
  • Tropic Of Cancer * (1934)- Henry Miller
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God * (1937)- Zora Neale Hurston
  • A Wrinkle In Time * (1962)- Madeleine L’Engle
  • American Psycho # (1991)- Bret Easton Ellis
  • Slaughterhouse-Five @ (1969)- Kurt Vonnegut
  • 1984 * (1949)- George Orwell

(* = favorite; # = want to read but have not yet; @ = overrated)

What are some of your favorite commonly banned or censored books? I’d like to know.

For a list of the most challenged titles of 2008, go here.
For a list of the most commonly challenged titles, go here.

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2 thoughts on “Banned Books

  1. Jessica says:

    I disagree with your “overrated” books!!

  2. Fair enough. What about your favorites?

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