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Over 100 Banned, Forbidden and Controversial Books on DVDrom   - Most scanned from the originals into pdf format


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 Party
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 Wonderland
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 references.)
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 format
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 Justice
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 ...""
-David Langford

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 Enthusiasms
by Heywood Broun - Censorship - 1922 - 200 pages

Concerning Printed Poison
by Josiah Woodward Leeds - 1885 - 40 pages

Books Fatal to Their Authors
by Peter Hampson Ditchfield - 1895 - 240 pages

Books Condemned to be Burnt
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:

On Suicide by David Hume 1854 
A History of the Corruptions of Christianity by Joseph Priestley 1871 
Notes on Virginia by Thomas Jefferson (searchable pdf) 

This is a summary view of that religious slavery, under which a people have been willing to remain, who have lavished their lives and fortunes for the establishment of their civil freedom. The error seems not sufficiently eradicated, that the operations of the mind, as well as the acts of the body, are subject to the coercion of the laws. But our rulers can have authority over such natural rights only as we have submitted to them. The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit. We are answerable for them to our God. The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. 
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine 1896 
Publication of The Age of Reason generated a storm of controversy. 
The Life of Jesus Critically Examined by David Strauss 
One reviewer called it "the Iscariotism of our days" and another "the most pestilential book ever vomited out of the jaws of hell." What made it so controversial was Strauss' characterization of the miraculous elements in the gospels as being "mythical" in character. 
The Golden Bough by James Fraser Volume 1 1890 
The Golden Bough by James Fraser Volume 2 1890
The book scandalized the British public upon its first publication, because it included the Christian story of Jesus in its comparative study, thus inviting an agnostic reading of the Lamb of God as a relic of a pagan religion. 
Literature and Dogma by Matthew Arnold 1873 
God and the Bible by Matthew Arnold 1875
His religious views were unusual for his time. Scholars of Arnold's works disagree on the nature of Arnold's personal religious beliefs. Under the influence of Baruch Spinoza and his father, Dr. Thomas Arnold, he rejected the superstitious elements in religion, even while retaining a fascination for church rituals. Arnold seems to belong to a pragmatic middle ground that is more concerned with the poetry of religion and its virtues and values for society than with the existence of God. He wrote in the preface of God and the Bible in 1875 “The personages of the Christian heaven and their conversations are no more matter of fact than the personages of the Greek Olympus and their conversations.” He also wrote in Literature and Dogma: "The word 'God' is used in most cases as by no means a term of science or exact knowledge, but a term of poetry and eloquence, a term thrown out, so to speak, as a not fully grasped object of the speaker's consciousness — a literary term, in short; and mankind mean different things by it as their consciousness differs." He defined religion as "morality touched with emotion". 
Controversial Tracts on Christianity and Mohammedanism 1824 by the Rev. Samuel Lee 
Ida Craddock slashed her wrists and turned on the gas, killing herself rather than returning to court for sentencing. She had been found guilty of obscenity, the judge said her sex education pamphlet "The Wedding Night" was too obscene to show to the jury. 
The Women of Mormondom by Edward Tullidge 1877 (searchable pdf) 
Brigham Young insists Adam held the position of God he assigned him: “Adam is our Father and God. HE IS THE GOD OF THE EARTH. So says Brigham Young. Adam is the great archangel of this creation. He is Michael. He is the Ancient of Days. HE IS THE FATHER OF OUR ELDER BROTHER, JESUS CHRIST." 
These words are so scandalous to the Mormon church now that repeating this may get you excommunicated. It is often denied that Brigham Young even said these words. 
The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin (searchable pdf) 
The book that gave the world a naturalistic explaining of origins instead of a supernatural, and still hated in many circles. 
The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin (searchable pdf) Abridged 
The Outline of History in pdf and Word format by HG Wells
The first history book that gave the world an older and an evolutionary beginning of the world, and inspired angry responses. 

Arguments of Celsus, Porphyry and the Emperor Julian against the Christians 1830 (searchable pdf) 
The Petrine Claims by Richard Frederick Littledale 1889
Challenges the Apostolic Authority of the Catholic Church. 
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence 
The Bible against Protestantism and for Catholicity by Lawrence Sheil 1859 (searchable pdf)
"At the present time, when bigotry is so rampant, and misrepresentation is so rife, it is absolutely necessary that the friends of religion should use their best efforts to circulate our best controversial and explanatory works. To meet the cavils of the "Know-Nothings," and also the objections 'of sincere inquiries after truth, we know of no better book than "The Bible Against Protestantism," a book of 300 which the doctrines and practices of the church are clearly proved by over ten thousand texts of Scripture from the Protestant Bible."—American Celt. 
The History of Creation Volume 1 by Ernst Haeckel 1876 (searchable pdf) 
The History of Creation Volume 2 by Ernst Haeckel 1876 (searchable pdf)
Still controversial, Evolutionist Haeckel was known to falsify data and drawings. 
The American Museum Journal Volume 14 1914 
Has one of the first articles of Piltdown Man (most famous evolutionary hoax) with photo and drawing. 
The Age and the Gospel by Daniel Moore 1865 
Reason, the Only Oracle of Man: Or, A Compenduous System of Natural Religion by Ethan Allen 1854
"This book was a financial disaster and not well-received, probably because its ideas were as controversial as its author. It most clearly reflected his personality as a free thinker and an independent spirit. He tore the Old Testament to shreds and ridiculed the New. He postulated a Natural Law and the ideal of a Good God in harmony with Nature, hardly ideas that would endear him to New England." -Ethan Allen Homestead 
What Gunpowder Plot Was by Samuel Gardiner 1897 
The Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price - said to be a Mormon Fraud 
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche 1911 
The Gay Science (text version) by Friedrich Nietzsche
(The works that gave us the words "God is dead." 
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx 
The Insuppressible Book: A Controversy Between Herbert Spencer and Frederic Harrison 
Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk 
Maria Monk and the Nunnery of the Hotel
Awful Disclosures is an anti-Catholic fraudulent work. In it, Monk claimed that nuns of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph of the Montreal convent of the Hôtel-Dieu, whom she called "the Black Nuns", were forced to have sex with the priests in the seminary next door. The priests supposedly entered the convent through a secret tunnel. If the sexual union produced a baby, it was baptized and then strangled and dumped into a lime pit in the basement. Uncooperative nuns disappeared. Historians are unanimous in their agreement that the whole account was false. 
An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa by George Psalmanazar 1705 
A literary fraud, Psalmanazar pretended to be a native of Formosa. 
The Poems of Ossian by James Macpherson Vol. 1, 1796 
He claimed these were translations of the 3d-century Celtic poet Ossian, but he just made them up. 
Poems supposed to have been written by Thomas Rowley - Thomas Chatterton 
Fabricated in 1769 by Thomas Chatterton and debunked soon after, and Chatterton killed himself at age 17. He was romanticized after his suicide; many people were so moved by his poetry and didn’t care if they were forgeries. 
Spectra, a book of poetic experiments 
Spectra was meant to be the starting-point of a hoax of exposure. The Spectra poems to mock the pretensions of these several schools, and tried to make them bad. The plan seemed to work; a number of American writers, including Edgar Lee Masters and William Carlos Williams, were entirely taken in by the hoax. 
Diseases of the heart: Their Diagnosis and Treatment by Albert Abrams 1900
Albert Abrams (1863–1924) was an American self-proclaimed doctor with phony credentials, well known during his life for inventing machines which he claimed could diagnose and cure almost any disease. These claims were challenged from the outset. Towards the end of his life, and again shortly after his death, his claims were conclusively demonstrated to be both false and intentionally deceptive. 
Of Literary Forgeries in the Cornhill Magazine 1902 
The Confessions of William Henry Ireland 1874
William Henry Ireland was an English forger of would-be Shakespearean documents and plays. 
Notes and Emendations to the Text of Shakespeare's plays by John Payne Collier 1853 
Shakespeare just can cut a break. This fabrication was instantly disbelieved by Samuel Singer and Alexander Dyce. Debunked by Clement Ingleby in 1861. 
The Flatey Book and recently discovered Vatican manuscripts concerning America as early as the tenth century. Documents now published for the first time, which establish beyond controversy the claim that North America was settled by Norsemen five hundred years before the time of Columbus. Sagas that describe the voyages to and character of, the new country, and letters from several popes directing bishops in their government of the church in the Western World 1906 

The Necessity of Atheism by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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 1916

Prolegomena 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.