Monday, September 28, 2009

In honnor of Banned Books Week

In honor of Banned Books Week, I give you a list of banned or challenged classics. Reasoning can be found here.

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

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Native Son, Richard Wright

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

Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin

All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren

The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie

Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence

Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

Women in Love, DH Lawrence

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

Rabbit, Run, John Updike

*Purple indicates books I have read and italics indicate books I plan to read. *


  1. So what's your favorite banned book?

  2. Hmmmm....out of this list? Seriously, it's probably a three-way tie between The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, and 1984. They are all really good. How about you?

  3. 1984 and Heart of Darkness are by far my favorite from the list. Though I adore both The Great Gatsby and Lolita, too.

  4. So weird that To Kill a Mockingbird is on that list. We had to read that one for school! :)

  5. I have read several of them for school as well. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites! :D