This week marks the beginning of Banned Books Week, and it always amazes me the books that are on the list put out by the American Library Association.
Here's a little more info from the ALA:
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 - 30.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
While there are several lists of current books, it's always the classics that draw my attention. Books that over the years have withstood the "fire" of being deemed ban-able and are still sought out as favorite reads of so many.
Here are the top 10 most-banned classic works of fiction in the 20th century, according to the American Library Association, and a little bit about why each was considered controversial.