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Banned Books Week

September 25 – October 2, 2010 – Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read!

Banned books I have read (and recommend):

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain
  2. Andersonville (1955) by MacKinley Cantor
  3. As I Lay Dying (1932) by William Faulkner
  4. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1972?)
  5. Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger
  6. Dictionary of American Slang , T. Y. Crowell, Publisher (admittedly I’ve not examined every word in this book)
  7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  8. Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews [admittedly – not for everyone]
  9. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  10. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  11. Howl by Allen Ginsberg [admittedly – not for everyone]
  12. Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
  13. Awakening by Kate Chopin
  14. Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  15. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  17. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  18. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  19. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  20. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  21. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  22. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  23. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  24. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  25. Ulysses by James Joyce
  26. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  27. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  28. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  29. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  30. Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
  31. The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  32. The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller [admittedly – not for everyone]
  33. Are You There, God?  It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
  34. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  35. Native Son by Richard Wright
  36. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  37. The Handmaid Tales by Margaret Atwood
  38. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

These are only the books I’ve discovered that have been banned in the United States (I think – haven’t done extensive research on who banned . . . or the reasons behind the banning); there are hundreds more banned in our country and in other countries.

Ignorant me: I don’t see the reasoning for banning these books . . .


By the numbers:

1982: The year the ALA celebrated the first Banned Books Week.

1990: The first year the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom began gathering statistics about banned books.

4,312: The number of challenges received by American libraries between 2001 and 2009. According to the American Library Association’s definition, a challenge is a formal and written complaint requesting that a book be removed from shelves because of objectionable content.

The ALA categorizes these 4,312 challenges as follows: 1,413 for “sexually explicit” material, 1,125 due to “offensive language,” 897 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group,” 514 challenges due to “violence,” 344 challenges due to “homosexuality,” 109 materials were challenged because they were “anti-family,” and 269 because of their “religious viewpoints.

1,502: The number of challenges tabulated between 2001 and 2009 that occurred in classroom settings.

Who is banning books?

Censors and Bookbanners in the United States:

    Anti-Defamation League
    Barnes and Noble, bookseller, San Diego, California
    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    Christian Voters League
    Columbus Metropolitan Library
    Comstock, Anthony – special agent for the U.S. Post Office
    Concerned Women for America – Beverly LaHay, president
    Drake, North Dakota – school board
    Dworkin, Andrea – feminist writer
    Educational Research Analysts – Mel & Norma Gabler, founders
    Graves County, Kentucky school board
    Lake Lanier Regional Library system in Gwinnett County, Georgia
    MacKinnon, Catherine – feminist
    Marion High School, Foxworth, Missippi
    McCarthy, Joseph R. – U.S. Senator
    Meese Commission
    National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored Peole (NAACP)
    National Assn. of Christian Educators (Robert Simonds, founder)
    National Federation of Decency (Rev. Donald Wildmon, exec. dir.)
    National Security Agency (NSA)
    New England Watch and Ward Society
    Olathe, Kansas – school system
    Parade Magazine – national magazine
    Rafferty, Max – CA superintendent of public instruction (1963)
    Rib Lake, Wisconsin – school board
    Roman Catholic Church – Index of Prohibited Books
    Sixty Minutes, CBS News Program Feature Story on Internet
    Talmadge, Eugene – governor of Georgia (1941)
    U.S. Bureau of Customs
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
    U.S. Information Agency (USIA)
    U.S. Justice Department
    U.S. Postal Service
    U.S. Treasury Department
    West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi by School Superintendent

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Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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