Banned Books Week

By George Orwell, 1949: "Too Political".

Remember “1984”? It’s banned in some American schools. In fact, a partial listing includes most of my required reading for our high school classes in the early 1960’s.

I’d heard about Harry Potter being banned by some religious groups for being too irreligious. You can see more complete lists on the web. Just do a Google search on “Banned Books Week“. If this is “to much information”, try the easy-to-scroll list at the Wikipedia link. It’s a real eye-opener.

I found out about the scope of this problem  from an AARP bulletin. The American Library Association has proclaimed September 25 – October 2 “Banned Books Week”.

Below is a partial list of banned books that I’ve read at some point in my life. Can you spot any patterns?

How many have you read? Honor Banned Book Week by reading a title you’ve not read before. Heck, I might even try Harry Potter. If it was burned in New Mexico, maybe it’ll be my cup of tea after all. 🙂


  • 1984, Orwell
  • A Farewell To Arms, Hemingway
  • The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
  • Animal Farm, Orwell
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut
  • The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
  • I know Why the Caged Bird sings, Maya Angelou
  • Jaws, Benchley
  • On The Origin of the Species, Darwin
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway
  • The Last Temptation of Christ, Kazantzakis
  • The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Brave New World, Huxley
  • Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
  • Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
  • Catch-22, Heller

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2 thoughts on “Banned Books Week

  1. Thank you for publishing this – some of the most remarkable works of art of my childhood are now BANNED? The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

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