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  • Some of the Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

    Banned and Challanged Classics

    Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.  See Frequently Challenged Books for more details.

    According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

    The titles below represent banned or challenged books on the list mentioned above. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.

    1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
    7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    9. 1984, by George Orwell

    11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
    12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

    15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
    16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
    18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
    19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
    20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

    23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
    24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
    25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
    26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
    27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
    28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
    29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway

    33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

    36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

    38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

    40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

    45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

    48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
    49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
    50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

    53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

    55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

    57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron

    64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence

    66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
    67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

    73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
    74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
    75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

    80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer

    84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller

    88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser

    97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike