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July 27, 2016

15 Classic Books That Were Banned

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In 2016, ban-culture is a matter of debate and discussion across the India. From the ban on the films to the foods, we have witnessed a lot. But, banning is not a new age thing. Imposing a ban on literature, art, drama and cinema is an ages old practice. A lot of books had to face backlash from the society for several reasons. HookedUpon presents a list of 15 banned classic books.

#1 The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

I bet you won’t find anyone who has not cried while reading the book. Every sentence, every word made us live the excruciating life she lived. This classic book was banned under the accusation that it made readers feel extremely depressed. Some people even questioned the existence of Anne Frank.

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#2 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

This one was probably one of your favorite books when you were a kid. Well, your favorite book was banned in China in 1930, as they found putting a human being and an animal on the same level is a terrible offense. It was banned in the United States in the 60s because they felt that the images of the mushrooms and hookah reflected the drug culture.

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#3 Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell tells a story of a black horse from its point of view. This classic novel was banned for most disgusting and ridiculous reason you can think of. It was banned cause it had ‘Black’ and ‘Beauty’ together in the title which people found distasteful at the time.

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#4 Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the one of the finest erotic novels till date that had to face objection due to its content. The novel revolves around Lady Chatterley, wife of a handsome elite Clifford Chatterley. After her husband is paralyzed, the young woman found herself  attracted towards her gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. Apparently, this novel was banned as it narrates a tale of an immoral woman.

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#5 Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The world was enraged when this book was released in 1955. The controversy becomes an inseparable part of this famous book. This story is about an adolescent Dolores, a middle-aged man Humbert, and their unprincipled relationship. A step-father falling for her daughter and questions were raised on the sexual thought process of a mind.

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#6 Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

The Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the classic books by Kurt Vonnegut which was banned due to profanity in many schools of New York, Georgia, Rhode, Island, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Illinois.

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#7 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange was not only banned but the bookseller also got arrested in 1974 for selling the novel. This novel was banned in schools in Aurora, Colorado, high school in 1976 and Westport, Massachusetts, in 1977 . The reason behind the ban was “objectionable language”.

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#8 Invisible Man,  Ralph Allison

Invisible Man was a milestone in American Literature and won the National Book Award for Science Fiction. Now this book is actually listed among top classic books getting banned is weird. Now let’s come to the reason. Invisible Man, was banned because of its use of profanity. And many schools libraries also stopped keeping it because the board member “didn’t find any literary value” in the book.

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#9 Beloved, Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s Beloved was the heart-breaking story and is considered a classic book. But because the novel discusses sex and bestiality, it was banned in many schools.

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#10 Native Son, Richard Wright

Native Son is a powerful novel which highlighted on poverty and the feeling of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and what it means to be black in America. Native son was removed from the schools in Yakima, Washington in 1997 and  Fremont, California in 1998 because the parents found the novel contained too much violence.

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#11 To Kill A Mocking Bird, Harper Lee

It is one of the most popular books which was translated into 40 languages and was nominated for one of the best novels of 20 century.  The book was primarily banned because of profanity and its alleged promotion of white supremacy. The novel was banned in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 2007 because the school felt that it could have an adverse effect on children.

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#12 And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

This novel has captured attention of various organizations, libraries and individuals across the US. Even though based on true story, the book is among the top 15 banned classic books because of  it covers themes such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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#13 Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

The epic war-time love story was banned in Soviet Union until 1988 for its immense criticism of the Bolshevik Party.  The author was awarded for Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 for his work but he had refused the award.

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#14 Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

The very popular and favorite, Harry Potter series has also faced rejection and ban. The parents and school boards felt that the book promoted witchcraft.

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#15 The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

This best seller was banned in Lebanon over its fictional-suggestion that Christ had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene and she bore his child. This was extremely offensive by Christians and resulted in book’s ban.

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These classic books were banned because some part of the society or region or World found the content of the book offensive. The surprising fact is that these banned classics discuss issues that are not openly talked about in the society even today.

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