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William Tyndale's New Testament - He was burned at the stake for translating the bible into the vernacular.
Galileo Galilei's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, 1632, Banned by Pope Urban VIII for heresy.
Hamlet: A Tragedy
by William Shakespeare, Edward Hugh Sothern - 1901 - 130 pages - Banned in Ethiopia 1978
King Lear by William Shakespeare - banned from the English stage from 1788 to 1820, out of respect to King George III's alleged insanity.
On the Origin of Species by Charles B. Darwin - Banned from Trinity College in Cambridge, UK (1859); Yugoslavia (1935); Greece (1937). The teaching of evolution was prohibited in Tennessee from 1925-1967.
The Age of Reason: Being
an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology
by Thomas Paine - 1896 - 20o pages (Banned in the UK for Blasphemy)
Black Beauty: The
Autobiography of a Horse
by Anna Sewell, Charles W. Pancoast - 1907 - 251 pages (Banned in South Africa because of the world BLACK in the title)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Banned for criticism of censorship and lack of freedom of speech.)
The Call of the Wild
by Jack London - 1912 - 250 pages (Banned in Yugoslavia, Italy and burned in Nazi bonfires)
Candide by Voltaire
(Seized by US customs in 1930 for obsenity)
The Writings of Henry David Thoreau - Page 350 by Henry David Thoreau - 1906 which contains: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (which was removed from US libraries during McCarthyism and banned in South Africa)
Manifesto of the Communist
by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels - 1906 - 60 pages (banned in anti-communist countries and in the US during McCarthyism.
The Lesser Key of Solomon,
Goetia: The Book of Evil Spirits
by Lauron William De Laurence - 1916 - 70 pages (banned in Europe by Pope Innocent VI 1350 and again in 1559 for being dangerous)
"The Kingdom of God is
Within You": Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion
by Leo Tolstoy, Constance Black Garnett - 1894 (Banned in Tzarist Russia for its Christian anarchist content.)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (text format) by D.H. Lawrence (Temporarily banned in the United States and UK for violation of obscenity laws. Banned in Australia.)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Removed from the childrens' room in the Brooklyn, N.Y. Public Library (1876) and the Denver, Colo. Public Library (1876). Confiscated at the USSR border (1930). Removed from the seventh grade curriculum in the West Chester, Pa. schools in 1994 after parents complained that it is too racial.
Alice's Adventures in
by Lewis Carroll - 1920 - 182 pages - Banned in China in 1931 for portraying animals and humans on the same level, "Animals should not use human language."
The Sayings of Confucius:
A New Translation of the Greater Part of the Analects
by Confucius - 1910 - 122 pages - The first ruler of the Chin Dynasty ordered all books relating to the teachings of Confucius burned.
The Arabian Nights -1890 - 790 pages - The Arabian Nights has often been banned as immoral by Arab governments, even as recently as 1989 when Egypt issued a ban (Mack 1514).
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - This book was removed from a senior college preparatory literature course at the Eureka, Illinois High School in 1995 for sexual content.
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine Banned in the UK and author charged with treason for supporting the French Revolution. Banned in Tzarist Russia after the Decembrist revolt.
Ulysses by James Joyce, (text format) Challenged and temporarily banned in the US for its sexual content. Ban overturned in United States v. One Book Called Ulysses.
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Banned in the Southern States and Tzarist Russia. Challenged by the NAACP for allegedly racist portrayal of African Americans and the use of the "N" word
An Inquiry Into the Nature
and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith - 1914 - Banned in Great Britain and France for criticizing Mercantilism.
Banned in communist nations for its capitalist content.
Grimm's Fairy Tales
(Restricted to sixth through eighth grade classrooms at the Kyrene,
Ariz. elementary schools 1994 due to its excessive violence,
negative protrayals of female characters, and anti-Semitic
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Edna Henry Lee Turpin - 1903 - 200 pages
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - Banned in Madrid for the sentence "Works of charity negligently performed are of no worth."
Paradise Lost by John
Milton Listed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of
Forbidden Books) in Rome (1758).
Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will
by William Shakespeare, Arthur Donald Innes, Frederick Erastus Pierce - 1916 - 162 pages
Removed from a Merrimack, N.H. high school English class in 1996 because of a policy that bans instruction which has "the effect of encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative."
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman "Banned in Boston" in 1881 for its language.
FANNY HILL - MEMOIRS
OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE by John Cleland in text and searchable pdf
The U.S Supreme Court did not clear 1749’s Fanny Hill (also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) from obscenity charges until 1966. People complained about the book’s blunt sexual descriptions and the way it parodied contemporary literature.
George Eliot's Silas Marner
by George Eliot - 1911 - 243 pages - Banned in Anaheim, CA in 1978.
Decamerone di Messer Giovanni Boccaccio- 1825, In Cincinnati, an "expurgated" version of Boccacio's Decamerone is confiscated in 1922. In 1926, there is an import ban of the book by the Treasury Department. In 1927, U.S. Customs removes parts of text from the "Ashendene edition" and ships the mutilated copy back to me British publisher in London. In 1932, import ban lifted in Minnesota. In 1934, the New England Watch and Ward Society still bans the book. In 1954, it is still on the black lis tof the "National Organization of Decent Literature."
Jurgen: A Comedy of
by James Branch Cabell - 1919 - 360 pages
"My favourite twentieth-century case is the 1920 banning of James Branch Cabell's witty, harmlessly naughty fantasy Jurgen, thanks to John S. Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. In the resulting trial, the publishers were acquitted -- partly because the judge believed the book's solemn but totally untrue introduction claiming that it was "based on the medieval legends of Jurgen".
The publicity sent Jurgen's sales sky-high, and Cabell's next book was respectfully dedicated to his benefactor John S. Sumner, who'd "glowingly advertised" him to the public. Cabell claimed to be specially impressed by Sumner's ability to unearth sexy meanings in anything: "I have applied your method to many of the Mother Goose rhymes with rather curious results ...""
Jurgen and the Censor:
Report of the Emergency Committee Organized to ...
by Edward Hale Bierstadt, James Branch Cabell, Arnold Bennett, Theodore Dreiser, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Sinclair Lewis, Christopher Morley, Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Owen Wister - 1920 - 70 pages
Pieces of Hate and Other
by Heywood Broun - Censorship - 1922 - 200 pages
Concerning Printed Poison
by Josiah Woodward Leeds - 1885 - 40 pages
Books Fatal to Their
by Peter Hampson Ditchfield - 1895 - 240 pages
Books Condemned to be
by James Anson Farrer - 1904 - 200 pages
An Account of the Indexes: Both Prohibitory and Expurgatory, of the Church of Rome by Joseph Mendham - 1826 - 180 pages
Shelley on Blasphemy:
Being His Letter to Lord Ellenborough
by Percy Bysshe Shelley - 1883
The Literary Policy of the
Church of Rome Exhibited: In an Account of Her Damnatory Catalogues
by Joseph Mendham 1830 - 361 pages
First issued in 1826 under title: Account of indexes, prohibitory and expurgatory. of the Church of Rome.
The Censorship of the
Church of Rome and Its Influence Upon the Production and
Distribution of Literature
by George Haven Putnam - 1906
The Family Shakespeare by Thomas Bowdler 1847
To bowdlerize means to self-righteously remove or modify passages one considers vulgar or objectionable. A medical doctor by the name of Thomas Bowdler, whose birthday was this day in 1754, gave new meaning to expurgation.
Dr. Bowdler gave up his medical practice to practice surgery on the works of William Shakespeare. He removed all those words “...which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family” or which are “...unfit to be read aloud by a gentleman to a company of ladies.” He removed all the words and expressions which he considered to be indecent or impious from Shakespeare’s writings.
Plus you get:
ESTHER WATERS by George Moore 1917 (considered too "amorous.")
Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard -
Highly controversial Social Darwinist book written in the late 1800's.
A dispute against the English popish ceremonies by George Gillespie 1637 - When efforts were made to impose Catholic worship on the people of Scotland, Gillespie, a Presbyterian wrote this work in defense of Protestantism and was banned.
A Modern Book of Criticism by Ludwig Lewisohn 1919
The Finished Mystery by the Watchtower Society 1917 (banned as seditious)
Free Speech for Radicals by Theodore Albert Schroeder 1916
Free Speech Bibliography by Theodore Albert Schroeder
The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America (one page unreadable) by David Wark Griffith 1916Prolegomena to the History of Israel: With a Reprint of the Article Israel from the Encyclopedia Brittanica
by Julius Wellhausen 1885
"Wellhausen was famous for his critical investigations into Old Testament history and the composition of the Hexateuch, the uncompromising scientific attitude he adopted in testing its problems bringing him into antagonism with the older school of biblical interpreters. He is perhaps most well-known for his Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels of 1883 (first published 1878 as Geschichte Israels), in which he advanced a definitive formulation of the Documentary hypothesis, arguing that the Torah or Pentateuch had its origins in a redaction of four originally independent texts dating from several centuries after the time of Moses, their traditional author. Wellhausen's hypothesis remained the dominant paradigm for Pentateuchal studies until the last quarter of the 20th century, when it began to be challenged by scholars who saw more and more hands at work in the Torah, ascribing them to periods even later than Wellhausen had proposed.
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