Banned Books

[interactive_banner banner_desc=”Set in the closing months of World War II off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.” banner_image=”9797|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/catch-22.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Frecord%3Db1289342~S5||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”Auel takes us back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps us up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined.” banner_image=”9809|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/clan-of-the-cave.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%2F%3Fsearchtype%3Dt%26searcharg%3Dclan%2Bof%2Bthe%2Bcave%2Bbear%26searchscope%3D5%26sortdropdown%3D-%26SORT%3DD%26extended%3D0%26SUBMIT%3DSearch%26searchlimits%3D%26searchorigarg%3Dtnaked%2Blunch||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. ” banner_image=”9795|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/kite-runner.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2FtKite%2BRunner%2Ftkite%2Brunner%2F1%252C2%252C7%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtkite%2Brunner%261%252C6%252C||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”When Alex volunteers for an experiment while in prison, he is released back into the world, physically incapable of doing wrong. However, when he repeatedly runs into people he has wronged in the past, his real suffering begins. ” banner_image=”9816|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-clockwork-orange.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftclockwork%2Ftclockwork%2F1%252C22%252C32%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtclockwork%2Borange%261%252C5%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”John Smith awakens from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in…the dead zone.” banner_image=”9791|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/dead-zone.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S1%3F%2FtDead%2BZone%2Ftdead%2Bzone%2F1%252C10%252C15%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtdead%2Bzone%261%252C4%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″]
[interactive_banner banner_desc=”A Southern town is shocked when a 10-year-old black girl is raped by two white men–until the girl’s father takes the law into his own hands (book and DVD).” banner_image=”9812|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a-time-to-kill.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Frecord%3Db1193864~S5||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”The Jarrets are a typical American family. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. Author Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain…and ultimate healing.” banner_image=”9799|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ordinary-people.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%2FX%3FSEARCH%3D(Ordinary%2520People)%2520and%2520(Guest)%26searchscope%3D5%26SORT%3DD||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”In Philip Pullman’s trilogy for all ages, his heroine, Lyra, is an orphan living in a parallel universe in which science, theology, and magic are entwined in an reimagining of Milton’s Paradise Lost. ” banner_image=”9815|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/his-dark-materials.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Fthis%2Bdark%2Bmaterials%2Fthis%2Bdark%2Bmaterials%2F1%252C7%252C11%252CB%2Fframeset%26FF%3Dthis%2Bdark%2Bmaterials%262%252C%252C3%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it is still relevant today as both a cautionary dystopian tale and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.” banner_image=”9793|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/brave-new-world.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftbrave%2BNew%2BWorld%2Ftbrave%2Bnew%2Bworld%2F1%252C7%252C12%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtbrave%2Bnew%2Bworld%261%252C5%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”The author’s memoir of a small, rural community during the 1930s is filled with images, recollections, and sometimes disquieting picture of the people — and the times — that touched her life.” banner_image=”10169|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/I-know-why.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Fti%2Bknow%2Bwhy%2Fti%2Bknow%2Bwhy%2F1%252C5%252C8%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dti%2Bknow%2Bwhy%2Bthe%2Bcaged%2Bbird%2Bsings%261%252C4%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″]
[interactive_banner banner_desc=”Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.” banner_image=”9811|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/little-women.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftlittle%2Bwomen%2Ftlittle%2Bwomen%2F1%252C11%252C33%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtlittle%2Bwomen%261%252C19%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=” Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch restore the sensuousness of the original language and strip away the veils of mistranslation that have obscured the power and meaning of the poem. This translation is scrupulously faithful to the Hebrew text.” banner_image=”9807|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/song-of-songs.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftsong%2Bof%2Bsongs%2Ftsong%2Bof%2Bsongs%2F1%252C2%252C2%252CB%2Fframeset%26FF%3Dtsong%2Bof%2Bsongs%2Ba%2Bnew%2Btranslation%2Bwith%2Ban%2Bintroduction%2Band%2Bcommentary%261%252C1%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f”][interactive_banner banner_desc=”While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is brought in to consult on a murder that leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci.” banner_image=”9813|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/da-vinci-code.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftda%2Bvinci%2Bcode%2Ftda%2Bvinci%2Bcode%2F1%252C3%252C6%252CB%2Fframeset%26FF%3Dtda%2Bvinci%2Bcode%2Ba%2Bnovel%261%252C1%252C||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”When Emma, a passionate dreamer raised in the French countryside, weds the decent, dull Dr. Charles Bovary, the marriage fails to live up to her expectations, and she turns disastrously to love affairs. ” banner_image=”9800|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/madame-bovary.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2FtMadame%2BBovary%2Ftmadame%2Bbovary%2F1%252C6%252C8%252CB%2Fframeset%26FF%3Dtmadame%2Bbovary%2Benglish%261%252C1%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”Odessa, Texas, is socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the path of the oil business. But when the Permian High School Panthers play football, it becomes a place where dreams can come true.” banner_image=”10170|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Friday-night-lights.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftfriday%2Bnight%2Blights%2Ftfriday%2Bnight%2Blights%2F1%252C5%252C6%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtfriday%2Bnight%2Blights%261%252C2%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″]
[interactive_banner banner_desc=”Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.” banner_image=”9803|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/like-water.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Frecord%3Db1071110~S5||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. Their job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.” banner_image=”9817|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/fahrenheit-451.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2FtFahrenheit%2B451%2Ftfahrenheit%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B451%2F1%252C3%252C10%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtfahrenheit%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B%2B451%261%252C8%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”One of the classics of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby is the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.” banner_image=”9801|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/great-gatsby.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftgreat%2BGatsby%2Ftgreat%2Bgatsby%2F1%252C7%252C19%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtgreat%2Bgatsby%261%252C13%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”In 1954, a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man’s guilt. ” banner_image=”9798|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Snow-Falling-on-Cedars.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftsnow%2Bfalling%2Ftsnow%2Bfalling%2F1%252C2%252C4%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtsnow%2Bfalling%2Bon%2Bcedars%261%252C3%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″][interactive_banner banner_desc=”A mischievous youth encounters a runaway slave and together they travel down the Mississippi in search of adventure in this classic from Mark Twain.” banner_image=”10171|https://www.mrrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/the-adventures-of-huck.jpg” link_opts=”box” banner_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog.mrrl.org%2Fsearch~S5%3F%2Ftthe%2Badventures%2Bof%2Bhuck%2Ftadventures%2Bof%2Bhuck%2F1%252C8%252C29%252CB%2Fexact%26FF%3Dtadventures%2Bof%2Bhuckleberry%2Bfinn%261%252C21%252C%2Findexsort%3D-||target:%20_blank” banner_style=”style34″ desc_color=”#000000″ banner_overlay_bg_color=”#ddc79f” banner_desc_style=”font-weight:bold;” banner_desc_font_size=”14″]

Many books that are now considered classics have (and sometimes still are) under pressure to be banned by the public for a variety of reasons: violence, witchcraft, political bias, sexuality, and negativity, among others. In addition to the titles above, here is a list of other fiction and non-fiction titles that have been challenged:

SF ATW Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

SF ORW 1984 by George Orwell

SF TOL Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

ALL The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

BAL Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

CHO The Awakening by Kate Chopin

DRE An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

ELL Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

FAU As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

FOL Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

HEM Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

HEM Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemigway

HEM For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

HUR Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

HUX Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

JOY Ulysses by James Joyce

KES One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

KIN Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

KIN Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

KIN Christine by Stephen King

LAW Sons and Lovers by D.J. Lawrence

LAW Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

LEE To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

MAI Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

MIL Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

MOR Beloved by Toni Morrison

MOR Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

MOR Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

NAB Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

ORW Animal Farm by George Orwell

PIC My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

REM All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich M. Remarque

RUS Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

SEB Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

SIN The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

STE Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

STE Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

STO Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

STY Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

UPD Rabbit Run by John Updike

VON Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

VON Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

WAL The Color Purple by Alice Walker

WAR All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

WAT Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

WAU Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

WOL This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

WRI Native Son by Richard Wright

B X Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X with help from Alex Haley

301.451 GRI Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

305.569 EHR Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

362.28 HUM Final Exit Derek Humphry

364.1523 CAP In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

364.172 MEZ Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

576.82 DAR On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

612.661 DRI Deal with It by Esther Drill

683.4 BEL Arming America by Michael A. Bellesiles

811.2 WHI Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

811.54 GIN Howl Allen Ginsberg

821 CHA Canterbury Talesmrrl by Geoffrey Chaucer

822.33 SHA Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

851.1 DAN Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri with foward Harold Bloom

970.5 BRO Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown

973.2  FRA Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin