Read Irresponsibly!

Next week is Banned Books Week, a good time to celebrate our freedom to READ!  (Not to be confused with “Bland Book Week” – completely different topic…)

One of the great benefits of our democracy is that we prize the the right to intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week highlights the importance of upholding that right – all views  can be expressed and heard, even if they are unpopular.

Some of the most frequently challenged works are also considered among the classics in American or World literature (does that prove that one man’s trash is another’s treasure?). Consider this list of titles challenged during the 20th Century:

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

6. Ulysses by James Joyce

7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

9. 1984 by George Orwell

10. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

11. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

13. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

14. Animal Farm by George Orwell

15. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

17. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

18. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

20. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


Have Fun Reading Irresponsibly!

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