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1 – “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
“Alice” was banned in China for a time because it featured talking animals. According to the authorities, placing animals and humans on the same level could be “disastrous.”
2 – “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis
More popularly known for the film starring Christian Bale, the graphically violent book was banned in Australia for a time and is now only available to those 18 years and older.
3 – “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson
This children’s book is based on a true story about two gay male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. It’s been one of the most challenged books of the last 10 years, frequently dealing with library restrictions at local levels all over the world. In Singapore, the book has been removed from all state-level libraries and destroyed.
4 – “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
Orwell’s classic has spent a lot of time on the banned list. Banned in the USSR because of its thinly veiled communism critique, it’s also been banned in the UAE for it’s anthropomorphic theme, and is still banned in North Korea and censored in Vietnam.
5 – “Doctor Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak
The epic love story set in the Russian Revolution angered party officials and as a result was not published in the USSR. Instead, it was smuggled out piece by piece to the US where it was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pasternak was forced to reject the award by his government and was forced out of the Soviet Writers Union, only to be reinstated well after his death during Gorbachev’s reforms.
6 – “Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” by the Brothers Grimm
After certain themes were glorified in Nazi propaganda, the Brother Grimm’s stories were banned for a time in Allied-occupied Germany.
7 – “Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E.L. James
E.L. James’ novel can comfortably be deemed “sexually explicit” and it has been banned from numerous libraries around the world. In Malaysia, the movie was banned and soon after the censorship board added the books to its ban list for their “threat to morality.”
8 – “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
Shelley’s book was banned in South Africa in 1955 for its “objectionable and obscene” content.
9 – “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss
Doctor Seuss’s children’s book was temporarily banned in China for its anti-Marxist themes, though the character of its author may have been the real factor behind the banning.
10 – “Spycatcher” by Peter Wright
Peter Wright’s publication of “Spycatcher” sparked a British ban of the book that only succeeded in fanning the flames. Because the book was available in Scotland, gag orders in England proved ineffectual in the long run and the British government’s attempts to ban it in Australia were defeated.
11 – “Steal This Book” by Abbie Hoffman
Functioning as a guide to beat the system in the 60s, Hoffman’s book was banned from numerous bookstores in the US and in all of Canada.
12 – “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer
This classic spent some time banned from US mail under a federal law preventing the spread of filthy or inappropriate material.
13 – “The Country Girls” by Edna O’Brien
Published in 1960s Ireland, ‘The Country Girls’ caused some consternation with its openness in regards to the sexual and social matters of the time. It was banned for its sexual content in Ireland but has since been adapted to film.
14 – “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown
Dan Brown’s best-seller was banned in Lebanon for being both “inaccurate” and offensive to Christianity.
15 – “Ulysses” by James Joyce
“Ulysses” was banned from the United States for its obscene content until winning its trial in a District Court. Beforehand, the United States Postal Service burned copies of the novel. It had been banned in Britain during this time and was not printed there until 1936, though it had been published 14 years prior.
From first book ever written to ancient, oldest known books and manuscripts ever found in the world. It’s some nice writings and old literature.
1 – Etruscan Gold Book – Around 2673 years old
2 – Pyrgi Gold Tablets – Around 2513 years old
3 – Nag Hammadi Library – Around 1693 years old
4 – St Cuthbert Gospel – Around 1315 years old
5 – Book of Kells – Around 1213 years old
6 – Siddur – Around 1173 years old
7 – Diamond Sutra – Around 1145 years old
8 – Celtic Psalter – Around 938 years old
9 – Gutenberg Bible – Around 559 years old
10 – Madrid Codex – Around 494 years old