Books are still
being banned every day, but do you know which of the great classics
have been banned? Books are controversial because of language, politics,
sexuality, or religion. Some books seem to be challenged or banned
because of multiple objections from different types of censors.
Here’s a list of ten…
– James Joyce
1918, James Joyce’s Ulysses
was banned on sexual grounds. Leopold Bloom sees a woman on the
seashore, and his actions during that event have been considered
controversial. Also, Bloom thinks about his wife’s affair, as he
walks through Dublin, Ireland on a famous day (we now know it as
Bloomsday). In 1922, 500 copies of the book were burned by the United
States Department of the Post Office.
of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain has been banned
on social grounds. Concord Public Library called the book "trash
suitable only for the slums," when it first banned the novel
in 1885. The references and treatment of African Americans in the
novel reflect the time about which it was written, but some critics
have thought such language inappropriate for study and reading in
schools and libraries.
Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
1857, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame
Bovary was banned on sexual grounds. In the trial, Imperial
Advocate Ernest Pinard said, "No gauze for him, no veils –
he gives us nature in all her nudity and crudity." Madame Bovary
is a woman full of dreams – without any hope of finding a reality
that will fulfill her hopes. She marries a provincial doctor, tries
to find love in all the wrong places, and eventually brings about
her own ruination. In the end, she escapes in the only way she knows
how. This novel is an exploration of the life of a woman who dreams
too large. Here adultery and other actions have been controversial.
1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The
Scarlet Letter was censored on sexual grounds. The book
has been challenged under claims that it is "pornographic and
1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle
Tom’s Cabin was controversial. When President Lincoln saw
Stowe, he purportedly said, "So you’re the little woman who
wrote the book that made this great war." The novel has been
been banned for language concerns.