Banned Books Week – (September 22-28, 2013)

Week of September 23, 2013

In the News: Banned Books Week

Well actually, you are, here at FAU, once this exhibit is over, but these are all books which have been banned in various places at various times.  Some are still banned, usually for their sexual or heretical content, or their language.  Most books which have been banned upon first publication for their sexual content, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are considered pretty tame today, but there are always new titles to take their place.  Much of the focus on challenged books today revolves around children’s books which touch on the topic of homosexuality, in one way or another, such as the book And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins who raise a chick.  It is common for governments to ban books which exhibit an uncomfortable political perspective (like Cat’s Cradle), and for governments in countries where there is no separation of church and state to ban books (like The Satanic Verses) which espouse unwelcome religious sentiments.

Dr. William Miller
Dean of University Libraries


And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Simon & Schuster, 2005
Call Number: PZ10.3 .R414 Tan 2005

As I Lay Dying
By William Faulkner. Random House, 1957
Call Number: PS3511 .A86 A8 1957

Beloved: A Novel
By Toni Morrison. Random House, 1987
Call Number: PS3563 .O8749 B4 2004

Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley. Perennial Classics, 1998
Call Number: PR6015 .U9 B65 1998

Cat’s Cradle
By Kurt Vonnegut. Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2010
Call Number: PS3752 .O5 C3 2010

A Clockwork Orange
By Anthony Burgess. Norton, 1986
Call Number: PR6052 .U638 C5 1986

The Color Purple
By Alice Walker. Harcourt, 2003
Call Number: PS3573 .A425 C6 2003

A Farewell to Arms
By Ernest Hemingway. Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995
Call Number: PS3515 .E37 F3 1995

The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald. Scribner, 1953
Call Number: PS3511 .I9 G7 1953

Invisible Man
By Ralph Ellison. Vintage International, 1995
Call Number: PS3555 .L625 I5 1995

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee. Harper Perennial, 2006
Call Number: PS3562 .E535 T6 2006

Lady Chatterley’s Lover
By D. H. Lawrence. Doubleday
Call Number: PR6023 .A93 L2

Vladimir Nabokov. Gallimard, 1959
Call Number: PS3527 .A15 L59 1959

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
By J.R.R. Tolkien. Ballantine Books, 1982
Call Number: PR6039 .O32 L6 1982

Gone with the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell. Scribner, 1964
Call Number: PS3525 .I972 G6 1964

Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck. Penguin Books, 1994
Call Number: PS3537 .T3234 O2 1994

The Satanic Verses
By Salman Rushdie. The Consortium, 1992
Call Number: PR9499.3 .R8 S28 1989

Want more? See our post on Banned Books Week 2012.