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Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom

Resources exploring the Freedom to Read, banned and challenged books, and intellectual freedom.

Information on Frequently Banned Books

For decades many books have been banned for a variety of reasons.  The resources below contain information on some of the most frequently banned books in the United States.  This is not an exhaustive list but just a starting point for further research.

Background information:

Banned Books Overview - From Credo Reference (from off-campus login with your delaGATE credentials to access this article).

Streaming Videos:

Lisa Appignanesi: Banned Books - Films on Demand Video where the novelist Lisa Appignanesi discusses the history and dangers of banning books.

Why Books are Banned - Brief Films on Demand Clip on book banning (with a Canadian point of view).

Featured film segments for Banned Books Week - custom search results for all Films on Demand video segments related to Banned Books Week and censorship.

Frequently Banned Titles
This title list contains summaries of books that have been frequently banned or challenged since they were published (from off-campus login with your delaGATE credentials to access this information).

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X - first published 1965

Beloved by Toni Morrison - first published 1987

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - first published 1951

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - first published 1953

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls - first published 2005 - This title was a College-Wide Reading Book

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - first published 1925

Howl by Allen Ginsberg - first published 1956

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - first published 2010 - This title was a College-Wide Reading Book

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - first published 1952

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - first published 2003

Native Son by Richard Wright - first published 1940

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - first published 1947

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - first published 1937

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - first published 1986

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - first published 1960