10 classic books that were banned

From the Bible to Harry potter, some of the world’s most popular books have been challenged for reasons ranging from violence to occult connotations. In honor of National Book Lover’s Day, here’s a look at 10 classic books that have sparked controversy.

1. THE CALL OF NATURE

Call of the wild, Jack London’s adventure on the Klondike Gold Rush in 1903, was banned in Yugoslavia and Italy for being “too radical” and was burnt by the Nazis because of the author’s well-known socialist tendencies.

2. GRAPES OF WRATH

Although Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel about a family of sharecroppers who are forced to move from their Oklahoma home to California due to economic hardship – won the author both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize , it also drew anger across America because some thought it promoted Communist values. Kern County, California (where much of the book took place) was particularly enraged by Steinbeck’s portrayal of the area and its working conditions, which they viewed as libelous.

3. THE LORAX

As some readers watch the main character of Dr. Seuss The Lorax and see a fuzzy little guy who “speaks for the trees”, others saw the 1971 children’s book as a dangerous political commentary, even the author reportedly referring to that as “propaganda”.

4. ULYSSES

James Joyce’s 1922 novel Odysseus perhaps one of the most important and influential works of the early 20th century, but it has also been deemed obscene both for its language and sexual content, and not just in a few provincial locations. In 1921, a group known as the New York Society for the Removal of Defects managed to keep the book out of the United States, and the United States Post regularly burned copies. But in 1933, the book’s publisher, Random House, took the Case—United States v. One Book Called Odysseus– in court, and ended up having the ban overturned.

5. IN THE WEST, NOTHING IS NEW

In 1929, Erich Maria Note, a German veteran of the First World War, wrote the novel In the west, nothing is new, which accounts for the extreme mental and physical stress German soldiers faced during their wartime. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the realism of the book did not suit the Nazi leaders, who feared that the book would deter their propaganda efforts.

6. FARM ANIMAL

The original publication of Farm animal, George Orwell’s allegorical short story from 1945, was delayed in the UK due to its anti-Stalin themes. It was confiscated in Germany by Allied troops, banned in Yugoslavia in 1946, banned in Kenya in 1991 and banned in the United Arab Emirates in 2002.

7. AS I DIE

Although many people consider William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As i die a classic of American literature, the Graves County School District in Mayfield, Kentucky at variance. In 1986, the school district banned the book because it questioned the existence of God.

8. LOLITA

Of course, it is well known that Vladimir Nabokov Lolita is about a middle-aged literature professor obsessed with a 12-year-old girl who will eventually become his stepdaughter. It’s the kind of story that would raise eyebrows today, so imagine what the response was when the book came out in 1955. A number of countries including France, England, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa banned the book because it was obscene. . Canada did the same in 1958, although it later lifted the ban on what is now considered a literary classic – an unreliable narrator and all.

9. THE SENSOR IN THE RYE

Reading by JD Salinger The catcher in the rye has practically become a rite of passage for teenagers, but when it was published in 1951, it wasn’t always easy for a child to get their hands on it. According to TIME, “Within two weeks of its release in 1951, JD Salinger’s novel rose to number one among New York Times bestseller list. Since then, the book, which explores three days in the life of a struggling 16-year-old boy, has been a “censor favorite since publication,” according to the American Library Association. “

ten. THE DONOR

The most recent book on this list, the 1993 Lois Lowry novel The donoron a dystopia disguised as utopiahas been banned in several US states, including California and Kentucky, for fixing issues such as euthanasia.

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