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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.

-More coming soon from Studio Brow-

3 responses

  1. I think I read every book on this list while I was in High School. Hard to believe they were banned at one point or another. It’s nice to see society being more open minded now, kind of anyway, I know of a few churches that got together and burned a bunch of Harry Potter books because “it teaches children witchcraft” … I’m of the mind, if you don’t want your kids reading it than don’t let them but there’s no reason to burn books or ban them. There’s plenty of smut books out there in the “romance” section that are disgusting but we don’t burn those! Anyway. Great list, and I’d say everything on this list is a must read! ❤

    December 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM

  2. Wow, I’ve read a few of those books and I didn’t even know they were banned at some point. Some of these books are quite tame really, say compared to Animal Farm, which wrote about politics of the time but deliberately disguised it (which personally I think was rather clever).
    I’m even more against factual books that are banned, back to the dark ages of keeping knowledge locked away – no thank you!

    December 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

  3. punkahwallah

    Banning a book is a great way to get people to read it. the Students Union in a British university once banned the gospel of John because it was ‘anti-semitic’ (it isn’t). From then on, the bookshop could not keep up with the demand.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:26 AM

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