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    A Sample of Banned Books

    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
    10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
    12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    13. Charlotte's Web by E.B.White
    14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    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
    21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
    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
    31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
    38. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    39. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
    40. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    41. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
    42. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
    45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
    46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
    48. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
    52. Howards End by E.M. Forster
    53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Slainger
    55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
    57. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
    58. Absalom, Absalom!  by William Faulkner
    59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    61. A Good Man is Hard Find and other stories by Flannery O'Connor
    62. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Firzgerald
    63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    64. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
    65. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Thomas Wolfe
    66. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    68. Light in August by Williams Faulkner
    69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
    70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    72. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
    74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    75. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
    76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
    77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
    78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
    79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
    81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
    83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    85. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
    87. The Bostonians by Henry James
    88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
    90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
    93. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
    94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
    95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
    96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
    99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
    100. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie