Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Banned Books - 585 2003 A.D.

Seattle Public Library Excerpted:

The following dangerous books - and many others - can be found at your local Public Library. The dates refer to the year in which the book was challenged, banned or burned.

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Fables (585 B.C.)
According to legend, the Greek slave and storyteller was flung from the cliffs at Delphi for sacrilege.

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The Odyssey (387 B.C.)
Plato suggested that state censors should expurgate the outlandish adventures of Odysseus, and all other poetry.

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Shakespeare,  William
King Lear (1810)
Banned from the English stage until 1820, in deference to the insanity of King George III.

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Darwin,  Charles
On the Origin of Species (1859)
Fearing the outraged response to his epoch-making theory, Darwin kept the work in a desk drawer for 15 years before publishing it, amidst a firestorm of controversy.

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Eliot,  George
Adam Bede (1859)
Condemned as the "vile outpourings of a lewd woman's mind" and withdrawn from British libraries.

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Whitman,  Walt
Leaves of Grass (1882)
When this great American poem was banned in Boston for explicit content, Whitman bought a house with proceeds from the increased sales.

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Steinbeck,  John
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
Copies of this "ungodly" depression era epic were burned on the library steps in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Brown,  Dee
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. (1974)
This Native American history was removed from a school library in Wisconsin by an administrator, who explained: "if there's a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?"

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Chaucer,  Geoffery
The Miller's Tale (1987)
Denounced as "pornography and women's lib.," this bawdy 14th century story was declared off-limits for students in Columbia County, Florida.

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Rushdie,  Salman
The Satanic Verses (1989)
Ayatollah Khomeini declared a death sentence on the author of this comic exploration of Good and Evil. Many bookstores do not stock the work, fearing violence.

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The Bible (1992)
Challenged in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota as "lewd, indecent, obscene, offensive, violent and dangerous to women and children."

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Snyder,  Jane
Sappho (2000)
Several juvenile biographies of homosexuals were removed from libraries in the Anaheim California School District, who claimed they were "too difficult."

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Pilkey,  Dav
Adventures of Captain Underpants (2000)
Removed from a Connecticut elementary school for causing unruly behavior.

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Rowling,  J.K.
The Harry Potter series (2001)
Subject of 448 challenges in 2001 alone, books from this popular series, together with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, were burned outside a church in New Mexico, for being "masterpieces of satanic deception."

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