Banned Books

A very short list of some titles that have been banned in some other libraries in the United States.
Title, Author and reason banned.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Racially offensive

Beloved, by Toni Morrison; Violent

The Bible; Attacked as "obscene and pornographic," and said to contain "language and stories that are inappropriate for children of any age," including tales of incest and murder. "There are more than three hundred examples of 'obscenities' in the book."

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, by Jacob and Wilhelm K. Grimm; "Excessive violence, negative portrayals of female characters, and anti-Semitic references."

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck; Uses the names of God and Jesus "in a vain and profane manner"

Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet, by Muriel Feelings; "Denigrate(s) white American culture, promotes racial separation, and discourages assimilation."

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou; Pornographic, contains profanity, and encourages premarital sex and homosexuality. "A lurid tale of sexual perversion."

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan; Conflicts with values of the community.

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman; Explicit language

The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare; Anti-Semitic

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville; Conflicts with values of the community

Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe; banned from the U.S. Mails as "indecent" and "obscene" under the Comstock Law of 1873

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck; "Profane language, moral statement, treatment of the retarded, and the violent ending."

Native Son, by Richard Wright; Profanity and images of violence and sexuality.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about AIDS: What You Need to Know Now, by Michael Thomas Ford; "Encourages sexual activity"

Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin; Teacher John T. Scopes was convicted in 1925 for teaching from this book.

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Conflicts with values of the community

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles; Graphic language.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; Conflicts with values of the community

The Story of Dr. Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting; Republished with racially-offensive content removed from the original

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare; Schools in Merrimack, NH, banned this play under their "prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction" — for its depiction of a woman dressed as a boy

Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; Challenged for its use of racial slurs

Ulysses, by James Joyce; Seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930