Banned Books Week


Intellectual freedom fighters everywhere it’s time to sit down and be found reading some of the greatest works that the world has to offer.  Banned books week may be later this month (25 September – 2 October), but how many books can you get through in a  week? 

Below is a list of classics that for one reason or another someone felt it was better to use the blunt hammer of censorship on instead of the tweezers of selective reading. (from ALA Banned and/or Challenge Books).

Oh please, oh please we beg, we pray go throw your TV set away,

and in its place you can install,

a lovely bookshelf on the wall.  Roald Dahl

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Ulysses, James Joyce

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Lord of the Flies, William Golding

1984, George Orwell

Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Native Son, Richard Wright

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

The Call of the Wild, Jack London

Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin

All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien 

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

Women in Love, DH Lawrence

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

Rabbit, Run, John Updike


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