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.


If you think bookworms shouldn’t be told what they can and can’t read, then check out the Banned Books week site for more information.




How do you feel about book censorship?

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Maria Miaoulis

Maria Miaoulis

Managing Editor at Reading For Pleasure
Passionate Bookworm; Blogger; Editor; Grammar Geek & Organizing Goddess. Can always be found with a book in my hands!
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  • Tasia Miaoulis

    wow i cant believe it

    • Anonymous

      Amazing, isn’t it? Although it’s easy to understand why certain scenes within these books caused offense during the time period they were released in.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  • SafeLibraries

    “Like it or not, books continue to be banned in our day and age.”  False.  No book has been banned in the USA for about half a century.  Fanny Hill got that honor a long time ago.  Challenged books in schools that are removed is different from banning.  Setting aside that Banned Books Week is propaganda, the creator of BBW said:

    “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

    See: “Banned Books Week Propaganda Exposed by Progressive Librarian Rory Litwin; ALA Censors Out Criticism of Its Own Actions in a Manner Dishonest to the Core.”

    • Anonymous

      I thank you for taking the time to post on the site. It’s interesting to hear that there is another side to the matter, and I appreciate your bringing it to my attention. Personally though I’m more fascinated to see these lists, many including books I’ve read, and learn why people took/ take such offense to them in their respective time and environment. Banned, challenged, what have you, they provide incredible insights about culture and show the progression of human thought. Don’t you think?

      • SafeLibraries

        I wish the ALA would treat the issue seriously.  Compare the ALA’s calling every single person who challenges anything a censor to Amnesty International’s BBW observance that speaks to true censorship, not properly keeping children from inappropriate material:  The difference is striking.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you again for taking the time to share your opinions and bring this to our readers’ attention. You certainly bring up excellent points that definitely make me reconsider the issue.