During Banned Books Week, read one of these classics that were either banned or challenged. Don't see one that interest you? Check out a full list here.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Challenged, along with seventeen other titles in the Fairfax County, VA
elementary and secondary libraries (2002), by a group called Parents
Against Bad Books in Schools. The group contends the books "contain
profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct, and
torture.” Challenged in Burke County (2008) schools in Morgantown, NC
by parents concerned about the homosexuality, rape, and incest portrayed
in the book.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Removed by a Dorchester District 2 school board member in Summerville, SC (2001) because it "is a filthy, filthy book." Challenged by a Glynn County, GA (2001) school board member because of profanity. The novel was retained. Challenged in the Big Sky High School in Missoula, MT (2009).
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Alabama Representative Gerald Allen (R-Cottondale) proposed
legislation that would prohibit the use of public funds for the
"purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote
homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." The bill also proposed that
novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest
homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves
and destroyed. The bill would impact all Alabama school, public, and
university libraries. While it would ban books like Heather Has Two Mommies, it could also include classic and popular novels with gay characters such as Brideshead Revisited, The Color Purple or The Picture of Dorian Gray (2005).
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Retained on the Northwestern Suburban High School District 214
reading list in Arlington Heights, IL along with eight other challenged
titles in 2006. A board member, elected amid promises to bring her
Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy
based on excerpts from the books she'd found on the Internet. First
published in 1899, this novel so disturbed critics and the public that
it was banished for decades afterward.