Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Banned, Censored, Challenged: Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a fable by novelist George Orwell. It was challenged in 1982 in Dekalb County, Georgia. In 1963, in Wisconsin, the John Birch Society challenged it for the use of the phrase "the masses will revolt". It was banned in the Soviet Union. Also banned in Yugoslavia (1946), Kenya (1991) and the United Arab Emirates (2002).

On May 7 1987, over 60 books were banned from use in the classrooms in two Panama City, Florida classrooms. Animal Farm among them:

Bay High School:
A Farewell To Arms- Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Intruder in the Dust- William Faulkner
Lost Horizon- James Hilton
Oedipus Rex- Sophocles
The Red Badge of Courage
A Separate Peace- John Knowles
Shane- Jack Schaefer
Three Comedies of American Life- Joseph Mersand

Moseley High School:
Adventures in English Literature
After the First Death- Robert Cormier
Alas, Babylon- Pat Frank
Animal Farm- George Orwell
Arrangement in Literature
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Best Short Stories Brave New World- Aldous Huxley The Call of the Wild- jack London Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer The Crucible- Arthur Miller Death be Not Proud- John Gunther
Deathwatch - Robb White
Desire Under the Elms- Eugene O'Neill
The Emperor Jones- Eugene O'Neill
Long Day's Journey Into Night- Eugene O'Neill
Exploring Life Through Literature Fahrenheit 451- Ra Bradbury
The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
Ghosts- August Strindberg Miss Julie- August Strindberg
The Glass Menagerie- Tennessee Williams Great Expectations- Charles Dickens The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hamlet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
Hipplolytus- Euripides
In Cold Blood- Truman Capote
The Inferno- Dante Alighieri (Ciardi translation)
The Little Foxes- Lillian Helman
Lord of the Flies- William Golding
The Mayor of Casterbridge- Thomas Hardy
McTeague- Frank Norris
Mister Roberts- Thomas Heggen
The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles
Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck The Pearl- John Steinbeck The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway
On Baile's Strand- W.B Yeats
The Outsiders- S.E Hinton
Player Piano- Kurt Vonnegut
The Prince and the Pauper- Mark Twain
Prometheus Unbound- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Tale Blazer Library A Raisin in the Sun- Lorraine Hainsberry
The Red Badge of Courage- Stephen Crane
A Separate Peace- John Knowles
To Kill A Mockingbird
- Harper Lee
Watership Down
- Richard Adams
t- Maxwell Anderson
Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte

--From Banned Books: Literature Suppressed On Political Grounds by Nicholas J. Karolides

The books would later be re-instated...


Michele Emrath said...

I bet those people look out on the strip at Panama City now and weep! It wasn't a book about which they should have been worried!

Thank you, Sharazad.


lilly said...

It always amazes me the books that were on Banned list no matter how many times I look at it. Crazy, I hope we never will live in times like that.

Glynis said...

The list makes me cry, I grew up with a lot of these. I loved them.

KayKay4422 said...

Dumbasses, don't they know the less knowledgeable books they have these growing young minds read the dumber the young minds become. I learned a lot from these books, it made me aware of "real life". What are these kids going to do? Living in over-protective Fairy Land for the rest of their lives? Seriously these schools need to grow up and seriously think about what they're doing to our future generations...