Banned Books

Not sure what list to post, there are too many to choose from. Go to the ALA website here to get all the banned book info. Here’s a snippet of the 100 novels of the 20th Century that are most frequently banned or challenged. For fun, I put an (x) next to all the titles that I’ve read. Ah…the fun passive away to be a rebel.

The following lists were found at this website:

1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (x)

2. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (x)

3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (x)

4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (x)

5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker (x)

6. Ulysses, James Joyce

7. Beloved, Toni Morrison (x)

8. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding (x)

9. 1984, George Orwell (x)

10. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

11.Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov (x)

12. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (x)

13. Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White (x)

14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

15. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

16. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (x)

17. Animal Farm, George Orwell (x)

18. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

19. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

20. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

21. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (x)

22. Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne (x)

23. Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

24. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

25. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison (x)

26. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

27. Native Son, Richard Wright

28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (x)

29. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut (x)

30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

31. On the Road, Jack Kerouac (x)

32. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (x)

33. The Call of the Wild, Jack London

34. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

35. Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin

37. The World According to Garp, John Irving

38. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

39. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster

40. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (x)

41. Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally

42. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

43. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

44. Finnegans Wake, James Joyce

45. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair (x)

46. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum

48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence (x)

49. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (x)

50. The Awakening, Kate Chopin (x)

51. My Antonia, Willa Cather

52. Howard’s End, EM Forster

53. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

54. Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger

55. Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie (x)

56. Jazz, Toni Morrison

57. Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

58. Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner

59. Passage to India, E.M. Forster

60. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

61. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor (x)

62. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

63. Orlando, Virginia Woolf

64. Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

65. Bonfire of the Vanities, Thomas Wolfe

66. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut (x)

67. A Separate Peace, John Knowles

68. Light in August, William Faulkner

69. The Wings of the Dove, Henry James

70. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (x)

71. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (x)

72. A Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (x)

73. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

74. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

75. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence

76. Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe

77. In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway

78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein

79. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

80. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

81. The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

82. White Noise, Don DeLillo

83. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (x)

84. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

85. The War of the Worlds, HG Wells (x)

86. Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad

87. The Bostonians, Henry James

88. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

89. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather

90. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

91. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald (x)

92. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles

94. Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis

95. Kim, Rudyard Kipling

96. The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald

97. Rabbit, Run, John Updike

98. Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster (x)

99. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis

100.  Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Most Challenged Books of 21st Century (2000-2005)


1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (x)

2. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (x)

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (x)

5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (x)

6. “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers

7. “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dave Pilkey

10. “Forever” by Judy Blume


3 responses to “Banned Books

  1. thanks for the list

  2. Those lists are as complete as I could make them – the ALA keeps changing the location of pages on its site. At any rate, I’m glad it was helpful for someone besides me.

    And WOW…I feel so ill-read now. 😀

  3. rantsandreads


    It took me almost an hour to find the lists on ALA, it was a very frustrating search. Now I just hope they don’t go and change the location of this page as well…

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