Who would ever think of bookworms as rebels? Not me, that’s for sure. But if you’ve ever read one of the following books, then consider yourself a radical. That’s because at some point in time, these works have all been banned by censors. Here are some that especially caught my attention:
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Awakening - Kate Chopin
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
- Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
- Call of the Wild – Jack London
- Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
- Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- Color Purple – Alice Walker
- Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
- Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
- Hamlet – William Shakespeare
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
- Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding
- Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
- Separate Peace – John Knowles
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- Ulysses – James Joyce
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
- Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
I can understand why some of these were deemed distasteful in their time. But “Black Beauty”? “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? Would it surprise you to learn that a few are still considered offensive today?
Like it or not, books continue to be banned in our day and age. This is why Banned Books Week was established. Since 1982, this annual event reminds Americans not to take these freedoms to choose and express their opinions for granted.
Always celebrated the last week of September, this year’s event will feature a Virtual Read-Out. Readers can post a short video of themselves reading excerpts from their favorite banned books to a dedicated YouTube channel. If you’re interested in participating, you can check out the Banned Books week site for more information.
Will you be joining in the festivities?