Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 28, 2009

Banned Books Week in the US

My goodness, I must be a very wicked person by now, I’ve read so many books on the list at Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.

Here are the ones I’ve read:

  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • Ulysses, James Joyce
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison 
  • The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  • The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  • Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  • Women in Love, DH Lawrence
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

And those I have yet to seek out (In for a penny, in for a pound!)

  • A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  • Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • Native Son, Richard Wright
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
  • All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
  • Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
  • The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
  • Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
  • An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  • Rabbit, Run, John Updike

If you want to see the reasons why these books were banned or challenged, click the link at the top of this post.


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