Sunday, July 09, 2006

Most. Controversial. Books. Ever.

This list of the most-banned books in history is thought-provoking and terrifying. Who knew The Bible, The Call of the Wild, and Escher were so bad for you? And whatcha gonna do when they come for you?


Sydelle Pearl said...

Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983) called for the rejection of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, because it is a "real downer."

norm said...

I still love the Onion article about Ann Frank's ghost being pissed off about everyone reading her private diary:
"It's bad enough to have your sister sneak into your room and read your diary. But to have it bought by Doubleday and published in 33 languages? That's just mortifying,"

norm said...

I was also struck by this reason for banning one of the books:

Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings. D.T. Suzuki. Doubleday. Challenged at the Plymouth-Canton school system in Canton, Mich. (1987) because "this book details the teachings of the religion of Buddhism in such a way that the reader could very likely embrace its teachings and choose this as his religion."