Conclusion: "You thought, this book cannot be banned, it was. Check this out"
(The Salmander has collected excerpts from the article, that is worthy of being commented, elese a lot of information that may or may not be appropiate. Books, should never be banned? Should they be banned? You can comment to express your opinion).
The Bible and
The Koran were both
removed from numerous libraries and banned from import in the Soviet Union
from 1926 to 1956. Many editions of the Bible have also been banned and
burned by civil and religious authorities throughout history. Some
recent examples: On July 1,
1996, Singapore convicted a woman for possessing
Jehovah's Witness translation of the Bible. A
2000 US government report
Burma (also known as Myanmar)
bans all Bible translations into local indigenous languages.
(The military dictatorship of that country also required modems to be
licensed, so residents of Burma, like NetNanny users, are not likely
to see this page.) Distributing Bibles, along with other forms
of proselytizing by non-Muslims, is also banned in
Saudi Arabia, according to
this State Department report.
"The Savannah Morning News reported in November 1999
that a teacher at the Windsor
Forest High School required seniors to obtain permission slips
before they could read
or King Lear. "
"In Mark Twain's lifetime, his books
Tom Sawyer and
Huckleberry Finn were excluded from the juvenile sections
of the Brooklyn Public library (among other libraries), and banned
from the library in Concord, MA, home of Henry Thoreau.
In recent years,
some high schools have dropped Huckleberry Finn from their
reading lists, or have been sued by parents who want the book dropped."
"Many "classics" (and their authors) were regarded as scandalous when
they were first published, but after the author was safely dead they
were relegated to high school English classes and largely forgotten
by most people.
However, in 1978 the Anaheim (California) Union High School District
woke up to the danger of George Eliot's
Silas Marner and banned it. I would be gratified (and not at all surprised)
if there was a sudden
surge of interest in Eliot among Anaheim students afterwards.
Also banned there, according to the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Assocation,
and as reported in Dawn Soya's Banned Books: Literature Suppressed
on Social Grounds,
was Margaret Mitchell's
Gone With the Wind,
for its depiction of the behavior
of Scarlett O'Hara and the freed slaves in the novel. (While Mitchell
may no longer be living, though, her copyright lives on in the
US, so Americans will have to read a print copy instead of the online
John Locke's philosophical
Human Understanding was expressly forbidden to be taught
at Oxford University in 1701. The French translation
was also placed on the Index.
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was
banned from classrooms in Midland, Michigan in 1980,
due to its portrayal of the Jewish character Shylock.
It has been similarly banned in the 1930s in schools in
Buffalo and Manchester, NY"
"This exhibit only represents books that are available online.
The best comprehensive review of censorship through history that I
have seen online is
The File Room exhibit, begun at the University of Illinois, particularly its
(The exhibit originally dates from 1994, but has been updated since.)
The Beacon for Freedom of Expression, a project of the Norwegian Library Association, also has an extensive database
on censored publications, as well as publications about censorship and
freedom of expression.
PEN, an international group of writers, keeps track of censorship and
oppression of writers worldwide. Their US and
Canadian sites are good starting points
for current information on censored writers."