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.
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