Banned, Burned, Censored
1333 8.41. 1984 - George Orwell
Banned in the USSR for political reasons.
187 7.52. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Excluded from the children’s room in the Brooklyn, N.Y. Public Library (1876) and the Denver, Colo. Public Library (1876). Confiscated at the USSR border (1930).
3 83. The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine
Banned in UK for blasphemy in the 18th Century.
81 7.94. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level; "Animals should not use human language."
113 7.95. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
Banned in Nazi Germany for demoralizing and insulting the Wehrmacht.
29 7.86. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
Banned in Boston, Mass. (1927) and burned by the Nazis in Germany (1933) because it "deals with low love affairs."
1107 87. Animal Farm - George Orwell
Publication delayed in UK because of anti-Stalin theme. Confiscated in Germany by Allied troops. Banned in Malaysia for religious reasons.
9 78. Antic Hay - Aldous Huxley
Banned on grounds of obscenity in Boston, Mass. (1930).
28 89. Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and On... - Anonymous
U.S. Customs held up 500 sets of the translation by the French scholar Mardrus, which were imported from England (1927-31). It was confiscated in Cairo, Egypt (1985), on the grounds that it contained obscene passages which posed a threat to the country's moral fabric.
95 7.510. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text - William Faulkner
Banned in the Graves County School District in Mayfield, KY (1986) because it contained "offensive and obscene passages referring to abortion and used God's name in vain." The decision was reversed a week later after intense pressure from the ACLU and considerable negative publicity. Banned at Central High School in Louisville, KY (1994) temporarily because the book uses profanity and questions the existence of God.
52 7.411. The Holy Bible: King James Version - Anonymous
Many editions of the Bible have also been banned and burned by civil and religious authorities throughout history. In 1551 in Spain, the Inquisitorial Index of Valentia forbade Bibles in Spanish or any other vernacular. Banned from import in the Soviet Union from 1926 to 1956; official directions to libraries stated "The section on religion must obtain solely anti-religious books. Religiously dogmatic books must be left in the large libraries, but removed from smaller ones". Import of the Bible was not permitted. In 1956, the Bible was published after a lapse of 38 years. On July 1, 1996, Singapore convicted a woman for possessing the Jehovah's Witness translation of the Bible. A 2000 US government report reported that Burma bans all Bible translations into local indigenous languages. Distributing Bibles, along with other forms of proselytizing by non-Muslims, is also banned in Saudi Arabia.
34 7.912. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Banned in South Africa in 1955 because of the title.
13 6.513. Black Spring - Henry Miller
Banned in South Africa (1991-1993) and Malawi (1980).
6 614. Borstal Boy - Brendan Behan
Banned in Ireland in 1958 because of its treatment of adolescent sexuality, questionable language, and critiques of Irish republicanism, social attitudes and the Catholic Church. Banned in Australia and New Zealand shortly after.
743 815. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Banned in Ireland (1932). Removed from classroom in Miller, MO (1980), because it made promiscuous sex "look like fun".
80 7.616. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Banned because of "anti-religion, language, and discussion of death.”
82 7.617. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1932).
98 7.618. Candide - Voltaire
In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition. In 1944, the US Post Office demanded the omission of Candide from a mailed Concord Books catalog.
49 7.219. The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) - Geoffrey Chaucer
Subjected to revisions in 1928; editions today tend to avoid four letter words.
428 8.120. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Banned in Strongsville, Ohio (1972), but the school board's action was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court.
1030 7.821. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
SBanned from English classes at the Freeport High School in De Funiak Springs, Fla. (1985) because it is "unacceptable" and "obscene." Banned from the classrooms in Boron, Calif High School (1989) because the book contains profanity. Banned, but later reinstated after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, Ga. (2000).
3 622. The Children's Hour - Acting Edition - Lillian Hellman
Banned in Boston, Chicago, and in London for its hint of homosexuality.
374 8.323. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
In 1973 a book seller in Orem, Utah, was arrested for selling the novel. Charges were later dropped, but the book seller as forced to close the store and relocate to another city.
46 8.124. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Banned in the Souderton, Pa. Area School District (1992) as inappropriate reading for tenth graders because it is "smut."
46 6.625. The Communist Manifesto (Signet Classics) - Friedrich Engels,Karl Marx
Banned in the US during the Red Scare.
2 626. The Confessions (Wordsworth Classics of Worl... - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Banned by U.S. Customs in 1929 as injurious to public morality.
71 727. The Crucible - Arthur Miller
Banned because it contains "sick words from the mouths of demon-possessed people".
12 728. Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy... - Karl Marx
All works by and about the author were banned in Nazi-Germany. In 1929 in China, the Nationalist government stopped, where possible, the reading of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital. Works by Marx were banned by Russian authorities from 1871 to 1900.
62 7.329. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) - Arthur Miller
Banned from English classes at Spring Valley Community High School in French Lick, IN (1981) because of profanity.
28 7.130. The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio
Banned from the U.S. mails under the Comstock Law.
Banned in South Africa during the Apartheid regime under the Customs and Excise Act No. 55 of 1955 and Publication Act No. 42 of 1974. Ten tales from The Decameron were banned by the Department of Customs and Excise in Australia in 1963.
4 731. Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Syst... - Galileo Galilei
Banned by Pope Urban VIII for heresy and breach of good faith (1633).
30 7.132. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
Banned within the USSR until 1988 for its criticism of the Bolshevik Party.
2 633. Droll Stories V1
Banned by Canada Customs (1914).
5 834. Montaigne: Essays - Michel de Montaigne
1595 France-Lyons: Certain sections of the unexpurgated edition were banned by the Church for being tolerant of an easy morality.
12 7.535. Eyeless In Gaza (Vintage Classics) - Aldous Huxley
Banned in Ireland (1936-1953).
615 7.936. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words--mostly "hells" and "damns"--blacked out (the novel is about book burning and censorship). After receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).
169 7.337. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
The June 1929 issue of Scribner's Magazine, which ran Hemingway's novel, was banned in Boston, Mass. (1929). Banned in Italy (1929) because of its painfully accurate account of the Italian retreat from Caporetto, Italy; banned in Ireland (1939).
101 7.838. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Declared non-mailable by the U.S. Post Office (1940). On Feb. 21, 1973, eleven Turkish book publishers went on trial before an Istanbul martial law tribunal on charges of publishing, possessing, and selling books in violation of an order of the Istanbul martial law command. They faced possible sentences of between one month's and six month's imprisonment "for spreading propaganda unfavorable to the state" and the confiscation of their books.
4 739. Ghosts (Dover Thrift) - Henrik Ibsen
In Spain in 1939, all works by Ibsen were purged by the Franco Government. In 1890, Ghosts was banned in St. Petersburg on religious grounds for references to incest and sexually transmitted diseases. The ban was lifted in 1958.
132 840. The Giver - Lois Lowry
A Newbery Award winner, this book was banned for "sexually explicit and occult themes, violence, and references to euthanasia."
97 8.541. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
This Pulitzer Prize winning novel was banned from the Anaheim, Calif. Union High School District English classrooms (1978).
48 7.942. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Burned by the St. Louis, Mo. Public Library and barred from the Buffalo, N.Y Public Library (1939) on the grounds that "vulgar words" were used. Banned in Kansas City, Mo. (1939); Kern County, Calif., the scene of Steinbeck's novel, (1939); Ireland (1953); Kanawha, Iowa High School classes (1980); and Morris, Manitoba (1982).
2327 7.943. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry... - J.K. Rowling
All seven Harry Potter books have been banned for their depictions of "magic, sorcery, wizardry, witchcraft, Satanism, occult, and sheer evil".
360 7.444. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
In highly publicized incidents, this book has been banned as recently as 2001 for "racial depictions". In January 2011, a new edition was produced that replaces the word “nigger” with “slave.”
31 8.145. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Excerpts banned in Butler, PA (1975).
116 7.746. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
Removed from classrooms in Stafford County, Va. Schools (1995) and placed in restricted access in the library because the story contains crude language and encourages children to disobey their parents and other adults.
27 7.147. The Joke - Milan Kundera
Banned in Czechoslovakia after the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968.
39 7.448. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
Banned from public libraries in Yugoslavia (1929). Burned in the Nazi bonfires because of Sinclair's socialist views (1933). Banned in East Germany (1956) as inimical to communism. Banned in South Korea (1985).
79 7.749. King Lear - William Shakespeare
Now considered to be among Shakespeare's greatest works, Lear was performed in drastically adapted form--Nahum Tate's Restoration version eliminated characters and boasted a happy ending in which Lear is restored to the throne and Cordelia survives. The play was subject to political censorship when it was banned from the English stage from 1788 to 1820, out of respect to King George III's alleged insanity. The tragic ending of King Lear was not restored until 1823, and the character of the fool was finally reintroduced in 1838.
3 6.550. The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thaila... - Paul M. Handley
Banned in Thailand for its criticism of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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