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Famous Banned Books List

November 11, 2009, 6:03 PM by Jon Wilson

Famous Banned Books List
The book entitled "Stuck in the Middle" isn't the first novel that has raised some eyebrows within the Sioux Falls school district. And it's not the first book to be pulled from school shelves in this country.

Some of the world's most famous writers appear on an infamous list of banned and censored books in this country.

In 1981, a Florida school district challenged George Orwell's "1984" because it contained what they called pro-communist material.

Two years later, an Alabama textbook committee challenged the "Diary of Anne Frank." This is the same committee that called for a ban on Henry Ibsen's "A Doll's House" because members felt it propagated feminist views.

Two children's books also appear on the list. "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss was challenged by a California school district because they felt the book criminalize the foresting industry. And a public library in Boulder, Colorado banished "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to a locked reference collection because the librarian thought it promoted a poor philosophy of life.

In 1996, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" was removed from a New Jersey High School because of a policy that banned instruction which has the effect of encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.

Finally, what may be considered the most popular book of all time is also on the banned list. The Bible, or what some call "the Good Book" is considered by some school districts "a bad read" for students.

American Library Association: 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

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