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Banned Books I Have Read

Lifted from xanath's journal:



* = I have read some or all of it.

#1 The Bible*
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran (a translation)
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain*
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift*
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer*
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman*
#11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli*
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe*
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert*
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker*
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin*
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce*
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell*
#29 Candide by Voltaire*
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway*
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx
#37 Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy*
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak*
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X*
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison*
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou*
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder*
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin*
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood*
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess*
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines*
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein*
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes*


I'm amazed that some of these would be banned. I mean, why would anyone ban Flowers for Algernon? Why ban the Little House books?!

I can see that my 'classical' education is somewhat lacking. When I was a kid, I preferred to read science fiction and fantasy, because I found books in that genre to be the most interesting. They were different, showed me new places, new ways of thinking, new ideas. So I spent my time reading a lot of Tiptree, Sturgeon, Bloch, Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov, rather than reading more mainstream clssics of literature.

I have, however, read The Cloud of Unknowing, and I'll put that up against any of these books I haven't read, any day of the week.

I read Gulliver's Travels at a ridiculously young age because it was the longest book I could find at the library, and I wanted something that I couldn't finish in a couple of hours. Those days, alas, are gone. I now own a copy of Charles Murray's What It Means to Be a Libertarian, which is quite short, but I'll bet it will take me a week or longer to finish. :P

I am surprised that Ayn Rand's Anthem, which I read and very much enjoyed, is not on the banned list. I read it at the same time period as I read Brave New World, 1984, and A Clockwork Orange. I have also read her Romantic Manifesto. I tried to read The Fountainhead, but I couldn't get into it.

I haven't read most Dickens, but I did read Barnaby Rudge because he is mentioned in James Russe4ll Lowell's poem about poets of his day. I also read Bartleby the Scrivenor. I thought 'scrivenor' was a near word.
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