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43 Banned Books That Are Still Powerful Today

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Level of Banning: Burned

Essays in Humanism

Essays in Humanism

By Albert Einstein

The Confessions of Nat Turner

The Confessions of Nat Turner

By William Styron

Level of Banning: Sued

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Last Exit to Brooklyn

By Hubert Selby Jr.

God's Little Acre

God's Little Acre

By Erskine Caldwell

365 Days

365 Days

By Ronald J. Glasser

Level of Banning: Banned

The Good Earth

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

best world war 2 books

Maus

By Art Spiegelman

fahrenheit 451, a banned book

Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

Always Running

Always Running

By Luis J. Rodríguez

a wrinkle in time, a banned and censored book

A Wrinkle In Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

The Group

The Group

By Mary McCarthy

Letty Fox

Letty Fox

By Christina Stead

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a Banned Book

Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck

The Bastard

The Bastard

By John Jakes

Candy

Candy

By Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg

Young Adult Novels The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky

Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement

By Laura Z. Hobson

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

By Horace McCoy

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By Dee Brown

The Werewolf of Paris

The Werewolf of Paris

By Guy Endore

Contract with the World

Contract with the World

By Jane Rule

The King Must Die

The King Must Die

By Mary Renault

Level of Banning: Censored 

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

By James Jones

the giver, a banned and censored book

The Giver

By Lois Lowry

The Black Book

The Black Book

By Lawrence Durrell

Zone of the Interior

Zone of the Interior

By Clancy Sigal

The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides

By Pat Conroy

A Sport and a Pastime

A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Level of Banning: Challenged 

Boy's Life

Boy's Life

By Robert R. McCammon

Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

By Erica Jong

Sex and the Single Girl

Sex and the Single Girl

By Helen Gurley Brown

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

The Terrorist

The Terrorist

By Caroline B. Cooney

Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

By Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

By Avery Corman

Desert of the Heart

Desert of the Heart

By Jane Rule

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!

By M. E. Kerr

"Hello," I Lied

"Hello," I Lied

By M. E. Kerr

Gentlehands

Gentlehands

By M. E. Kerr

Night Kites

Night Kites

By M. E. Kerr

Deliver Us from Evie

Deliver Us from Evie

By M. E. Kerr