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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • Author: Lewis Carroll
    • Objected to because of: its use of expletives, alleged references to sexual fantasies, and "derogatory characterizations of teachers and religious ceremonies.” Banned in China in 1931 on the grounds that animals should not be depicted using human language.
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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • Author: Mark Twain
    • Objected to because of: its use of racial slurs. Attempts to ban or alter the book to remove racially offensive language has sparked numerous debates on the nature of censorship and the potential dangers of re-writing/erasing history.
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    A Light in the Attic

    A Light in the Attic

    • Author: Shel Silverstein
    • Objected to because of: claims that the book undermines parental authority and contains "suggestive" illustrations.
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    Brave New World

    Brave New World

    • Author: Aldous Huxley
    • Objected to because of: its language and sexual content, as well as claims that the book is "anti-family", "anti-religion" and overly focused on negativity. The book has also come under fire for its racial insensitivity.
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    1984

    1984

    • Author: George Orwell
    • Objected to because of: claims that the book is "anti-government" and "pro-communist". Also often challenged for its sexual explicitness and disturbing content.
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    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    • Author: Anthony Burgess
    • Objected to because of: the books scenes of extreme violence, rape, often blasphemous language, and use of unrepentant sociopathic protagonist.
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    A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    • Author: Madeleine L'Engle
    • Objected to because of: claims that the book contains offensive language, promotion of occult practices, and undermines Christian beliefs.
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    • Author: Erich Maria Remarque
    • Objected to because of: its anti-war sentiments. Banned and burned under the Nazi regime because it was felt the book offered a negative and unpatriotic depiction of Germans.
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    Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    • Author: George Orwell
    • Objected to because of: its criticism of government. Banned in the USSR for its explicit criticism of Stalinism. Banned in the United Arab Emirates for text that goes against Islamic values (notably the image of talking pigs). Still banned in Kenya, China, Burma, and North Korea
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    Beloved

    Beloved

    • Author: Toni Morrison
    • Objected to because of: sexual explicitness, religious imagery, disturbing imagery, and violence.
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    Black Beauty

    Black Beauty

    • Author: Anna Sewell
    • Objected to because of: the title. The book was banned in South Africa during Apartheid because the book's title expressed the "inappropriate" sentiment that black could be beautiful. Sadly not a joke.
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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    • Author: Katherine Paterson
    • Objected to because of: "offensive" language, character death, and claims that the book promotes secular humanism, new age religions, the occult, and Satanism.
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    Call of the Wild

    Call of the Wild

    • Author: Jack London
    • Objected to because of: London's support of Socialism. London's work was banned/burned by many European dictatorships in the 1920s and '30s because London was a known Socialist and his work was considered "too radical".
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    Candide

    Candide

    • Author: Voltaire
    • Objected to because of: Voltaire's satire of religion and politics. Banned by the catholic Church upon its publication in 1759 for its "intolerance of religion".
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    Civil Disobedience

    Civil Disobedience

    • Author: Henry David Thoreau
    • Objected to because of: its call for citizens to break laws if laws are unjust. Banned in the McCarthy era due to its anti-government sentiments.
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    • Author: Ray Bradbury
    • Objected to because of: an apparent lack of self-awareness on the part of censors and concerned parents. Oh, and obscene language.
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    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    • Author: Chuck Palahniuk
    • Objected to because of: its detailed descriptions of how to create explosives, which led to the book being banned in China.
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    Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon

    • Author: Daniel Keyes
    • Objected to because of: its "sexually explicit" scenes and language that, in reality, make up no more than a few very mild lines about love and sex.
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    Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    • Author: Anonymous
    • Objected to because of: the book's references to sex, drug use, and teen pregnancy.
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    Gone With the Wind

    Gone With the Wind

    • Author: Margaret Mitchell
    • Objected to because of: its use of racial slurs and other profane language, depiction of marital rape, and sympathetic portrayal of prostitution.
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    Holes

    Holes

    • Author: Louis Sachar
    • Objected to because of: the book's sometimes violent content.
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    Howl

    Howl

    • Author: Allen Ginsberg
    • Objected to because of: its descriptions of homosexual acts.
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    James and The Giant Peach

    James and The Giant Peach

    • Author: Roald Dahl
    • Objected to because of: the book's use of the word "ass", violence, and references to child abuse, tobacco, and whiskey, amongst other grievances.
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    Lolita

    Lolita

    • Author: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Objected to because of: the book's "indecent" content and themes.
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    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    • Author: William Golding
    • Objected to because of: its violent content and the inclusion of "inappropriate/vulgar" language and behavior by young boys. One case at a North Carolina high school challenged the book on the grounds that it was "demoralizing".
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    Moby-Dick

    Moby-Dick

    • Author: Herman Melville
    • Objected to because of: a myriad of reasons. In 1996, a Texas school district banned the book because it "“conflicted with their community values”.
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • Author: Ken Kesey
    • Objected to because of: claims that the novel “glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination.”
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • Author: Mark Twain
    • Objected to because of: its use of racial slurs. Attempts to ban or alter the book to remove racially offensive language has sparked numerous debates on the nature of censorship and the potential dangers of re-writing/erasing history.
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    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    • Author: J.D. Salinger
    • Objected to because of: its "vulgar and obscene language", as well as depictions of drunkenness, prostitution, delinquency, and sex. Amongst other attacks levelled at the book were claims that it was "anti-white" and clearly part of "communist plot to gain a foothold in schools.
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    The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    • Author: Alice Walker
    • Objected to because of: the novel's "rough language", sexual explicitness, and portrayals of rape, incest, and homosexuality.
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    The Giver

    The Giver

    • Author: Lois Lowry
    • Objected to because of: its violence, sexual explicitness, and depiction of infanticide and euthanasia.
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    The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree

    • Author: Shel Silverstein
    • Objected to because of: concerns that the book portrays a “vicious, one-sided relationship” between the tree and the boy. No, really.
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    • Author: John Steinbeck
    • Objected to because of: claims of indecency, obscenity, objectionable portrayals of women, and for ‘portraying life in such a bestial way.’ Was frequently labelled socialist propaganda throughout the first half of the 20th century.
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    The Hunger Games series

    The Hunger Games series

    • Author: Suzanne Collins
    • Objected to because of: claims that the book glorifies, and will ultimately desensitize readers to, violence - an argument so spectacularly missing the point of the series that it boggles the imagination.
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    The Lottery

    The Lottery

    • Author: Shirley Jackson
    • Objected to because of: the story's bleak subject matter. Upon publication, both Shirley Jackson and The New Yorker received a slew of hate mail from readers who were shocked and horrified by the story.
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • Author: Oscar Wilde
    • Objected to because of: its homoerotic subtext and lack of morality on the part of Dorian Gray (nevermind that his cruelty is sort of the point of the book). Passages from the novel were even used against Wilde in the court case that would imprison him for his homosexuality.
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