My First List of Banned/Challenged Books


The ULS: The Underground Library Society



As the creator of the ULS, The Underground Library Society, and at the request of several followers, I have decided to put up lists of books that have been banned or challenged. If a book is challenged, that usually means there were people who wanted it removed from a school or library.  Both are forms of book censorship. It is important to note that I am not focusing only on books banned or challenged in the United States of America; unfortunately, censorship is a world wide action.

Here is my initial list of banned and challenged books:

The entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling;

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee;

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain;

Beloved by Toni Morrison;

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie;

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger;

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck;

All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque;

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; and

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

I will add more lists of banned and challenged books in the future.


40 thoughts on “My First List of Banned/Challenged Books

  1. I’m just scraping my jaw off the floor… I hadn’t realised Beloved had been banned – though perhaps, thinking about it, I can see why… It is SUCH an indictment against slavery someone is going to mind, aren’t they? All cracking reads, every single one. I still can’t understand why ANYONE would ban Harry Potter though – given it is a battlecry against evil right from the start to the finish…

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  2. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    This is Professor French’s partial list of banned books for those who wish to be members of the ULS (Underground Library Society). In my opinion when books are banned for whatever reason it gives license for our government to ban other books our government may not agree with. There is an inherent danger in even one book being banned.

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  3. ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ by Philip Roth,
    was banned in Australia.
    It had pride place in my bookshelf, along with ‘Tropic
    of Cancer’ & ‘Tropic of Capricorn’, by Henry Miller.
    Not to forget ‘Myra Breckinridge’, by Gore Vidal.
    As a young avid reader, soon as Big Brother said “do
    not read”, I’d order a copy from
    a friend’s sister living in London.

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