Saturday, September 19, 2009

The ALA's Banned Classics: How Many Have You Read?

This is the American Library Association's list of Banned and Challenged classics. The ALA took the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century and found that 42 of them have been banned or targeted for banning. The reasons can be found here. On the ALA's list the ones that have been banned are in bold letters.

Some of the other books not in bold actually have been targeted. For example, copies of Lord of the Rings were burned as "satanic" by Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, along with Harry Potter novels and some works of Shakespeare. Animal Farm by George Orwell has been banned in Kenya, the U.A.E and Yugoslavia. Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children was banned in Malaysia, etc.

The ones in bold are the ones I have read.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run by John Updike


Jenna said...

I've actually only read one of the books on that list, but I have a lot of them in my library in my "to be read" pile. One of these days I'll be able to get to them. My goal, actually, is to read as many banned books as possible. The problem is that my prime reading time is on the bus and during my free time at school, and I can't have banned books at school or they'll get taken away from me. Which sucks. Majorly.

sharazad said...

Hey Jenna!

You're lucky you haven't read all of these yet- it's great reading The Grapes of Wrath or The Color Purple for the first time. They should already have copies of these at your school library- most are American classics that have just been removed or targeted for removal from individual schools or historically banned by governments.

Miss_Nobody said...

Ah,Just 5 :( You have an award waiting on my blog :)

Guest said...

I read a few but had no idea that there were so many on this list. I guess I have some more catching up to do.

Fatchomper said...

Great list of banned books. I have read a few but not all. It's time to get back to great works. There are too many less than distractions these days.