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20 Banned & Challenged Classics

Updated: August 29, 2017

This list include Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. For a complete list, and for more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week website.

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Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
Call Number: Ed.k

One of the twentieth century's great classic dystopian novels depicting superstates that rule by torture, brainwashing, starvation, and absolute fear.

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
Call Number: Ed.d

Morrison, Toni.
Call Number: YA

Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
Call Number: Ed.g

One of the twentieth century's great classic dystopian novels which portrays mass manipulation of people through propaganda and indoctrination.

London, Jack, 1876-1916.

Heller, Joseph.
Call Number: Ed.g

Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010.
Call Number: Ed.d

Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.
Call Number: Ed.h

Walker, Alice, 1944-
Call Number: Ed.c

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
Call Number: Ed.g

Set within the context of World War I, the love story of Lieutenant Henry and nurse Catherine Barkley is thwarted by bad luck and bad timing.

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
Call Number: Ed.l

This epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. Its vivid depiction of the American South during the Civil War created characters still part of conversation today.

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Call Number: Ed.o

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
Call Number: Ed.j

F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder." It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated and studied twentieth-century works of American fiction. This deceptively simple work, Fitzgerald's best known, was hailed by critics as capturing the spirit of the generation. In Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald embodies some of America's strongest obsessions: wealth, power, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. The recording includes a selection of letters written by Fitzgerald to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, his agent, Harold Ober, and friends and associates, including Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken, John Peale Bishop and Gertrude Stein.

Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
Call Number: Ed.e

Golding, William, 1911-1993.
Call Number: Ed.h

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Call Number: Ed.e

Kesey, Ken.
Call Number: Ed.k

Lee, Harper.
Call Number: Ed.g

Maybe the most famous one book author, Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. It was an instant bestseller, winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 and was adapted into an Academy Award winning film in 1962. Since the publication of the book Lee has remained reclusive, neither publishing another book nor granting interviews. (As of 2015, Harper Lee is now known for two novels.)

Miller, Henry, 1891-1980.

Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
Call Number: Ed.q