This week is Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week, celebrating those people who have fought against censorship and stood up for our freedom to read what we choose.

Here is a (partial and incomplete) list of books that have been challenged, banned and even burned in the past century – it may be surprising how many beloved classics and critically acclaimed literary works are on the list:

  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • The Harry Potter series – J. K Rowling
  • His Dark Materials series – Phillip Pullman
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
  • Things fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
  • Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The irony of books like Fahrenheit 451 being banned would almost be funny if it wasn’t so frightening – Bradbury’s most famous book depicts a world where independent thought is punished, and is a criticism of book-burning and censorship.

How many of these books have you read? This week – if not every week – enjoy your freedom to read, and read banned books proudly!

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Arielle is a avid reader, writer and music-geek in her final year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. She loves all fiction but can’t seem to stay away from sci-fi and fantasy. She lives in Auckland with too many books and not enough shelves.

  • jacqui Dimes September 24, 2014, 12:23 pm

    I may already be on the list but this is my first newsletter. Better safe than sorry


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