Banned Books & Why
By Gunner Glam
Studio Brow is about keeping people in the know even on information that has been censored by American society.
Disclaimer: Studio Brow does not condone censorship, the following content for informational purposes only.
Here is a select sampling of a list which was first reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, from March 1996 through 1997.
The Scarlet Letter / By Nathaniel Hawthorne / Reason: Conflicts with values of the community
A Separate Peace / By John Knowles / Reason: Graphic language
To Kill a Mockingbird / By Harper Lee / Reason: Conflicts with values of the community
A Wrinkle in Time / By Madeleine L’Engle / Reason: Undermines religious beliefs
Moby Dick / By Herman Melville / Reason: Conflicts with values of the community
Beloved / By Toni Morrison / Reason: Too violent
Catcher in the Rye / By J. D. Salinger / Reason: Use of profanity
A Light in the Attic / By Shel Silverstein / Reason: Too dreary and negative
Of Mice and Men / By / John Steinbeck / Reason: Use of profanity
The Joy Luck Club / By Amy Tan / Reason: Conflicts with values of the community
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / By Mark Twain / Reason: Racially offensive
Little House in the Big Woods / By Laura Ingalls Wilder / Reason: Racially offensive
There have been numerous other books that are targets of censors, including James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl because of occasional macabre and potentially frightening content and Bridge to Terabithia because of the disrespect the children show to adults, the confusion of combining fantasy with reality and profanity.
Although many award-winning stories, these books were written during different eras of American culture so views were different for the authors.
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