Top 10 Banned Books of The 20th Century

The Grapes of Wrath #10

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“Before I knowed it, I was sayin’ out loud, ‘The hell with it! There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing.'”
The Grapes of Wrath [1939] John Steinbeck

Lady Chatterley’s Lover #9

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“Ravished! How ravished one could be without ever being touched. Ravished by dead words become obscene, and dead ideas become obsessions.”
Lady Chatterley’s Lover [1928] D. H. Lawrence

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“All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. One guy I knew really was shot in Dresden for taking a teapot that wasn’t his. Another guy I knew really did threaten to have his personal enemies killed by hired gunmen after the war. And so on. I’ve changed all the names.”
Slaughterhouse-Five [1969] Kurt Vonnegut

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition #7

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“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
To Kill a Mockingbird [1960] Harper Lee


Fahrenheit 451 #6

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“The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!”
Fahrenheit 451 [1953] Ray Bradbury

The Catcher in the Rye #5

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“It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”
The Catcher in the Rye [1951] J.D. Salinger

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“I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.”
Tropic of Cancer [1934] Henry Miller

Naked Lunch #3

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“The Planet drifts to random insect doom…”
Naked Lunch [1959] William S. Burroughs


Ulysses #2

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“History…is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”
Ulysses [1922] James Joyce

Nineteen Eighty-Four #1

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“Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.”
1984 [1949] George Orwell



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Other Resources

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries Revised and Expanded Edition

You Can’t Read This!: Why Books Get Banned (Pop Culture Revolutions)

BANNED! An Anthology of Banned Books (14 books)

Activist, Unplugged from the Matrix. Action for Freedom!

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