Tarun Reflex

October 13, 2008

Books Banned at One Time or Another

Filed under: banned books,book lover,books,censorship,reader,tarunreflex — Tarun @ 7:39 pm

An all too common pastime is banning books. Sad, frightening — and far too frequent. Who bans books? Libraries, schools, entire towns, and sometimes, in the past, the government.
Banning books isn’t something that was done centuries or decades ago. It happens nearly every week somewhere in the United States. Often people take notice of banned books, protest, and the proscription is lifted. Sometimes nobody notices and the banned book stays lost to a school or country.
Naturally, everyone expects that a literary agency would be opposed to censorship and banning books. And that’s absolutely true — as a profession. literary agents are appalled by censorship. (Although there’s nothing quite like banning or threatening to ban a book to increase that book’s sales.) Censorship in all forms must be opposed.
Censorship is an old pastime and new hobby of the feebleminded. In January 1997 a Minneapolis, Minnesota parent inspired an investigation of whether R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps should be banned in the school library because it is too scary for children. Never mind that there are 180 million copies of Goosebumps in print –not a hard book for a child to obtain.
The following list of books banned is by no means comprehensive. If you have any additions, please let us know by comments :
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  • Blubber by Judy Blume 
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
  • Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Christine by Stephen King
  • Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Cujo by Stephen King
  • Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen 
  • Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite 
  • Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck 
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Decameron by Boccaccio
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Myers 
  • Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland 
  • Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Grendel by John Champlin Gardner 
  • Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam 
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Have to Go by Robert Munsch 
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman 
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  • Impressions edited by Jack Booth 
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak 
  • It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm 
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
  • Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  • More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  • My House by Nikki Giovanni 
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  • Night Chills by Dean Koontz 
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
  • On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer 
  • One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn 
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  • Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective 
  • Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy 
  • Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl 
  • Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
  • Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 
  • Separate Peace by John Knowles 
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
  • The Bastard by John Jakes
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
  • The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs 
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
  • The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder 
  • The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks 
  • The Living Bible by William C. Bower
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman 
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel 
  • The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl 
  • The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder 
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume 
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
  • Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth
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