Saturday, October 3, 2009

Banned Books

There, where one burn books, one in the end burns men. ~ Heinrich Heine

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. (

At least 42 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century ( have been the target of ban attempts. Visit for more information on book bans and challenges.

X The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
X The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
X The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
X To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
X The Color Purple by Alice Walker
X Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
X The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
X 1984 by George Orwell
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
X Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
X Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
X The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
X A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
X Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son by Richard Wright
X One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
X For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
X The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
X In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
X A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
X The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run by John Updike

I may have read a few more, but wasn't sure so I didn't check them.

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