Literature is a means of soul addressing. It is the most sublime feature of a language. The language is fully expressed through its literature, concerning various fields. However, not all books are accepted, some are reported annoying or offensive, and sometime deemed unsuitable by a specific category of people, just as doctors, philosophers, politicians. So, many books are banned. In this article, we include the most 10 famous banned books.
10 Tropic of Cancer
It is a novel written by Henry Miller. In 1934, the novel was first published by the Obelisk Press in France, yet this edition was banned in the United States. immediately after been released, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Musmanno depicted the novel as a cesspool, a cavity of rotting, a meeting of all that is rotten in the remains of human immorality.
9 The Grapes of Wrath
It is a novel by John Steinbeck that was published in 1939. It deals with the well-known story of the influence of the Great Depression on the rural poor. The book was renowned for Steinbeck’s ardent representation of the dilemma of the poor, and many of his generation refused his social opinions. Regardless of the book was superb for the literary elite, it was banned in the US. People were dazed by its portrayal of the poor, which Steinbeck admitted was a disinfected version of the truth in these far-flung communities.
8 Brave New World
Aldous Huxley is the author of this novel that was published in 1932. The novel deals with the expansion in reproductive technology, psychological manipulation as well as classical conditioning that merge to revolutionize society. Ireland banned it because of its notorious themes on child birth, many states in the US attempted to remove it from school curriculums because of its themes on pessimism.
It is a satirical novel written by Kurt Vonnegut. It deals with the World War II experiences of of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. It is considered as Vonnegut’s most powerful work. The USA did not want to let its children read such themes, it placed the book in the “American Library Association’s 100 Most Frequently Challenged books”.
6 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
It is written by Salman Rushdie, it was first published in 1988. Indeed, it is particularly inspired by the life of Muhammad. The rage among some Muslims led to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwā asking for Rushdie’s death. Many Muslims in the Islamic nationsb believed Rushdie’s employing of Islam to be profane.
5 Things Fall Apart
It is deemed to be a post-colonial novel by Chinua Achebe. The novel revolves around the life of Okonkwo, a local wrestling champion in the imaginary Nigerian village of Umuofia. The book is banned in Malaysia, as it is dangerous due to colonialism and its consequences.
4 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
It is an epistolary novel, written by the American author Stephen Chbosky. It deals with the experiences of letters to an unidentified stranger. Its plain sexual content, caused it to be withdrawn from libraries in the US.
It was written by Vladimir Nabokov and published in 1955 in Paris. Lolita got a characteristic status, to be one of the most famous and controversial works of the 20th century. The Home Office captured all copies in 1955 because it was pornography. France banned it the but oddly, it was published in the USA.
2 The Metamorphosis
It is a novella written by Franz Kafka, it was first published in 1915. It is deemed one of the influential works of fiction in the 20th century. Not only this book by the author is banned, yet all of his work was banned under the Nazi and Soviet regimes. Then under the Czechoslovakian regime as Kafka refused writing in Czech.
1 American Psycho
It is a novel written by Bret Easton Ellis, that was published in 1991. Academics reveal its postmodern qualities. In Germany, the novel was seen hurtful to minors, and its marketing was banned from 1995 to 2000.