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“The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him.” — Anaïs Nin

Throughout world history, the majority of public, educational, and religious institutions have censored certain books for political, religious, or cultural reasons.

This project serves as a place to gather together the writers -- cherished, reviled, or anywhere in-between -- who have had their work hidden from the masses.

For information about the 31st annual celebration of Banned Books Weeks, occurring September 22 - 28, 2013, please visit the official website.

Banned Authors

This list is incomplete.

A

  • Miguel Ángel Asturias -- El Señor Presidente banned in Guatemala in 1946
  • Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Arias -- all writings banned and burned during the Roman Empire; banned again by the Roman Catholic Church into the modern era
  • Manlio Argueta -- One Day of Life banned in El Salvador in 1980
  • Aristophanes -- Lysistrata banned in Greece in 1967
  • H. C. Asterley -- Rowena Goes Too Far banned in Australia in 1931
  • Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid's Tale banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Humayun Azad -- Nari banned in Bangladesh in 1995

B

  • Francis Bacon -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • James Baldwin -- banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Honoré de Balzac -- Droll Stories banned in Canada in 1914; banned in Ireland in 1953
  • Helen Bannerman -- Little Black Sambo banned in Japan in 1988
  • Simone de Beauvoir -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • L. Frank Baum -- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz banned in Chicago in 1928 "for depicting women in strong leadership roles" and in Detroit in 1957 for having "no value for children of today"
  • Brendan Behan -- Borstal Boy banned in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand in 1958
  • R. V. Bhasin -- Islam: A Concept of Political World Invasion banned in Maharashtra, India in 2007
  • Jens Bjørneboe -- Uten en tråd banned in Norway in 1966
  • Judy Blume -- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Giovanni Boccaccio -- The Decameron banned by the United States Postal Service in 1873
  • Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code banned in Lebanon in 2003
  • Anthony Burgess -- A Clockwork Orange banned by a large number of American public schools
  • William S. Burroughs -- Naked Lunch banned in Boston, Massachusetts in 1962 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Arthur Butz -- The Hoax of the Twentieth Century banned in Canada

C

  • James Cabell -- Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice opposed in 1919 by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice
  • John Calvin -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Lewis Carroll -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland banned in New Hampshire in 1900 and Hunan, China in 1931
  • Geoffrey Chaucer -- The Canterbury Tales banned by the United States Postal Service in 1873
  • Stephen Chbosky -- The Perks of Being a Wallflower banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Noam Chomsky -- What Uncle Sam Really Wants and Year 501: The Conquest Continues banned by the South Korean military in 2008
  • John Cleland -- Fanny Hill banned in the United States in 1821; re-banned in the united States in 1963
  • Jackie Collins -- The World Is Full of Married Men banned in Australia in 1968; The Stud banned in Australia in 1969
  • August Comte -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Nicolaus Copernicus -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Aleksandar Cvetković -- A Message to Man and Humanity banned in Yugoslavia in 1967

D

  • Milovan Đilas -- New Class banned in Yugoslavia in 1957
  • Roald Dahl -- James and the Giant Peach banned by a large number of American public schools; The Witches banned by a large number of American public schools and Christian schools
  • Charles Darwin -- banned by various American school systems and private Christian schools
  • Erasmus Darwin -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Daniel Defoe -- Moll Flanders banned by the United States Postal Service in 1873; banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • René Descartes -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Denis Diderot -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Theodore Dreiser -- The Genius forced off the market by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice in 1916
  • Alexandre Dumas, Sr. -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Alexandre Dumas, Jr. -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

E

  • Bret Easton Ellis -- American Psycho banned in Queensland, Australia in 1991
  • Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Desiderius Erasmus -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

F

  • William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying banned by a large number of American public schools
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary banned in France in 1956
  • Desert Flores -- How to Make Disposable Silencers banned in Australia
  • Eliezer Flores -- How to Make Disposable Silencers banned in Australia
  • Ken Follett -- The Pillars of the Earth banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Anatole France -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Anne Frank -- The Diary of Anne Frank banned in Lebanon in 1947 and in Virginia public schools in 2010
  • Frederick II of Prussia -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Paulo Freire -- Pedagogy of the Oppressed banned in Arizona schools in 2010

G

  • Galileo Galilei -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Ian Gibson -- The Death of Lorca banned in Spain in 1971
  • André Gide -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Allen Ginsburg -- Howl banned by United States Customs in 1957
  • William Golding -- Lord of the Flies banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Nadine Gordimer -- Burger's Daughter banned in South Africa in 1979; July's People banned in South Africa in 1981
  • Graham Greene -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Claude Guillon -- Suicide mode d'emploi banned in France in 1982

H

  • Ha-Joon Chang -- Bad Samaritans banned within the South Korean military in 2008
  • Haidar Haidar -- A Feast for the Seaweeds banned in several Arab countries in 2000
  • Radclyffe Hall -- The Well of Loneliness banned in the United Kingdom in 1928
  • Paul M. Handley -- The King Never Smiles banned in Thailand in 2006
  • Joseph Heller -- Catch-22 banned in various American municipalities in the 1970s; still banned in some American schools
  • Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Sun Also Rises banned by a large number of American public schools
  • S. E. Hinton -- The Outsiders banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Adolf Hitler -- Mein Kampf banned in various locations since 1925
  • Thomas Hobbes -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • David Hume -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Zora Neale Hurston -- Their Eyes Were Watching God banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World banned in Ireland and Australia in 1932

J

  • Shirley Jackson -- "The Lottery" banned in South African during Apartheid
  • James Joyce -- Ulysses banned in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1922, banned in Australia in 1929, age-restricted in Australia in 1941, and banned by a large number of American public schools

K

  • Franz Kafka -- The Metamorphosis banned under Nazi rule
  • Tomasz Kamusella -- The Polish-English-German Glossary of the Regional Terminology of the Province of Opole banned and burned in Poland in 2004
  • Immanuel Kant -- Critique of Pure Reason banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Johannes Kepler -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Ken Kesey -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Stephen King -- several books, most notably Carrie, banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Faustina Kowalska -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Rayne Kruger -- The Devil's Discus banned in Thailand in 2006

L

  • Madeleine L'Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Hedy Lamarr -- Ecstasy and Me banned in Australia in 1967
  • D. H. Lawrence -- Lady Chatterley's Lover banned in various countries since 1928 and banned by a large number of American public schools; Sons and Lovers and Women in Love banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Joseph Lelyveld -- Great Soul banned in Gujarat, India in 2011
  • Gregorio Leti -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Li Hongzhi -- Zhuan Falun banned in Mainland China in 1993
  • John Locke -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Jack London -- The Call of the Wild banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Lois Lowry -- Anastasia Again! and The Giver banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Lung Ying-tai -- Big River, Big Sea banned in mainland China in 2009
  • Martin Luther -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

M

  • Niccolò Machiavelli -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Madonna -- Sex banned by a large number of American public schools and libraries
  • Count Maurice Maeterlinck -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Betty Mahmoody -- Not Without My Daughter banned in Ira in 1991
  • Norman Mailer -- The Naked and the Dead banned in Canada in 1949 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Maimonides -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Hans-Peter Martin -- The Global Trap banned within the South Korean military in 2008
  • Marquis de Sade -- 120 Days of Sodom banned in South Korea, 2012
  • John McGahern -- The Dark banned in Ireland in 1965
  • Grace Metalious -- Peyton Place banned in Canada in 1956
  • Jules Michelet -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Sebastian Miczyński -- Mirror of the Polish Crown banned in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1618
  • John Stuart Mill -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Henry Miller -- writings banned in the United States in the 1930s; Tropic of Cancer banned in South Africa in 1934 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • A. A. Milne -- Winnie-the-Pooh banned in parts of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Turkey for various reasons
  • John Milton -- Areopagitica banned in the Kingdom of England
  • Margaret Mitchell -- banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Toni Morrison -- Beloved banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Miloš Moskovljević -- Dictionary of Modern Serbo-Croation Language banned in Yugoslavia in 1966
  • Agnar Mykle -- The Song of the Red Ruby banned in Norway in 1957

N

  • Vladimir Nabokov -- Lolita banned in various locations since 1955 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Taslima Nasrin -- Lajja banned in Bangladesh and parts of India in 1993
  • Philip Nitschke -- The Peaceful Pill Handbook banned in New Zealand in 2007

O

  • Edna O'Brien -- The Country Girls banned in Ireland in 1960; The Lonely Girl banned in Ireland in 1962
  • George Orwell -- Animal Farm banned from Allied printing from 1943-1945, banned in Kenya in 1991, banned in the United Arab Emirates educational system in 2002; Nineteen Eighty-Four banned in the Soviet Union in 1950 and banned by a large number of American public schools

P

  • Thomas Paine -- Rights of Man banned in Great Britain in 1791
  • Blaise Pascal -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago banned in the Soviet Union in 1957
  • Živojin Pavlović -- Curved River banned in Yugoslavia in 1963
  • Gilles Perrault -- Notre ami le roi banned in Morocco in 1993
  • Petar II Petrović-Njegoš -- The Mountain Wreath banned in Bosnia in 1997
  • William Luther Pierce -- The Turner Diaries banned in Germany in 1978; banned from printing and importing in Canada in 1978; banned in many American municipalities and school systems
  • William Powell -- The Anarchist Cookbook banned in Australia
  • Nick Pron -- Lethal Marriage banned in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1995
  • William Pynchon -- The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption banned in Puritan New England in 1650

R

  • Rabelais -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Kamran Rad -- Freemason or Dajjal banned in Pakistan in 2007
  • Thomas Rathsack -- Ranger: At War with the Elite banned by the Danish military in 2009
  • Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front banned under Nazi rule
  • Samuel Richardson -- Pamela banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • José Rizal -- Noli Me Tangere banned in the Philippines in 1887; El filibusterismo banned in the Philippines in 1891
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • J. K. Rowling -- banned by a large number of American Christian schools
  • Salman Rushdie -- The Satanic Verses banned in the majority of Islamic countries since 1988 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Bertrand Russell -- Unarmed Victory banned in India in 1963

S

  • Frithjof Sælen -- Snorri the Seal banned during the German occupation of Norway
  • J. D. Salinger -- The Catcher in the Rye banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Jean-Paul Sartre -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Irwin Schiff -- The Federal Mafia banned from sale by a United States District Court in 1992
  • Harold Schumann -- The Global Trap banned within the South Korean military in 2008
  • Maurice Sendak -- In the Night Kitchen banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Dr. Seuss -- Green Eggs and Ham banned in China in 1965
  • Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer -- Operation Dark Heart banned and destroyed by the United States Department of Defense in 2010
  • Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein banned in South Africa in 1955
  • Shen Congwen -- writings banned in Communist China
  • Ayesha Siddiqa -- Military Inc. banned in Pakistan in 2007
  • Shel Silverstein -- A Light in the Attic banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle banned in East Germany in 1956 and banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Jaswant Singh -- Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence banned in Gujarat, India in 2009
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn -- all writings banned in Soviet Union in 1964
  • Robert Spencer -- The Truth About Muhammad banned in Pakistan in 2006
  • Benedict Spinoza -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • John Steinbeck -- The Grapes of Wrath banned in various American municipalities since 1939 and banned by a large number of American public schools; Of Mice and Men banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Howard Stern -- Private Parts banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Fiona Stewart -- The Peaceful Pill Handbook banned in New Zealand in 2007
  • Jon Stewart -- America: The Book banned by several retail chains and libraries in the United States in 2004
  • R. L. Stine -- Goosebumps series banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Živorad Stojković -- About a Silence in Literature banned in Yugoslavia in 1951
  • Theodor Storm -- Auf der Universität banned within the South Korean military in 2008
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom's Cabin banned in Russia in 1852; banned throughout the Southern United States during the American Civil War; banned in a variety of American school systems
  • Emanuel Swedenborg -- The Principia banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Jonathan Swift -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

T

  • Pramoedya Ananta Toer -- The Fugitive banned in Indonesia in 1950
  • Mark Twain -- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer banned in a large number of American public schools; holds the distinction of the being the most commonly challenged author in the United States

U

  • John Updike -- Rabbit, Run banned by a large number of American public schools

V

  • Pierre Vallières -- White Niggers of America banned in Canada in 1970
  • Dragiša Vasić -- writings banned in Yugoslavia in 1964
  • Voltaire -- Candide banned by United States Customs in 1930; banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Kurt Vonnegut -- Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five banned by a large number of American public schools
  • Čeda Vuković -- Watershed banned in Yugoslavia in 1968

W

  • Alice Walker -- The Color Purple banned by a large number of American public schools
  • E. B. White -- Charlotte's Web banned in 2006 in Kansas due to religious objections
  • Stanley Wolpert -- Nine Hours to Rama banned in India in 1962; Jinnah of Pakistan banned in Pakistan in 1982
  • Peter Wright -- Spycatcher banned in the United Kingdom in 1985

Z

  • Sajjad Zaheer -- Angaray banned in India in 1936
  • Ratko Zakić -- On Fierce Wound, Fierce Herb banned and destroyed in Yugoslavia in 1967
  • Émile Zola -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Huldrych Zwingli -- banned under the Index Librorum Prohibitorum

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