Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | September 27, 2012

Celebrating 30 years

Next week is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.  What do you think: is it important in a democracy to have the freedom to read anything?  Should some materials be banned?   Who decides what is acceptable and what isn’t?

Historically, this has been a fine line to draw.  Here’s a list of a few of the most frequently banned and challenged books in the United States. Even the Bible and the Koran have been challenged.  Do any of these surprise you?

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George Orwell
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, by Richard Wright
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles



  1. […] express…. and learn what you choose.   The best way, of course, is to read a banned book!  Here’s a list.  Also, our October book display in the library will feature banned books, so you can find a […]

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