On Saturday, September 28th 2013 Oregonian’s will have one last chance to participate in the 2013 Banned Books Week Read-Out held at the Eugene Public Library located at 100 W. 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Community members will read from their favorite banned or challenged book. Here is a list of the top ten banned or challenged classics and the reasons they have been banned according to the American Library Association’s website:
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald’s, tale of the drug infused decadence of the upper classes has been banned for it suggestion of drug and alcohol use and a racial slur.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The memoirs of Salinger’s institutionalized, teenaged, hero Holden Caulfield has been banned for bad language and sexual content ever since its initial publication in 1951.
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The story of the Joad family’s journey from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise land of California has been banned for profanity and sexual references.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The story of Atticus Finch and his noble defense of a black man falsely accused of rape has been banned for racial slurs.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Walker’s classic feminist diatribe about an abused woman coming into her own and finding love with another woman has been challenged for rough language and explicit sex scenes.
- Ulysses by James Joyce
Joyce’s 2nd person journey in to the mind of his metaphorically castrated hero Leopold Bloom has been banned for explicit content.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
The story of a woman who murders her baby to save her from slavery has been banned for violence, bestiality and racism.
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The account of a power struggle in a boy’s school has been censored for having statements that are “defamatory to women and minorities.”
- 1984 by George Orwell
Orwell’s terrifying prediction of a futuristic Communist, police state in which the citizens of England are on 24 hour surveillance has been banned for being pro-communist and having explicit sexual content.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The tale of a romance between a twelve year old girl and the novel’s middle aged hero Humbert Humbert has been banned for its depiction of pedophilia and incest.