Banned Books List

Check out these literary classics that were once considered too scandalous or dangerous for some schools, public libraries, or bookstores. If you want to know when and why these books were banned, CLICK HERE for additional information about the list.

1984, by George Orwell
All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Native Son, by Richard Wright
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Women in Love, by DH Lawrence

Thanks to Library staff members Deborah Karacozian and Clayton Nottleman for all their work on this project.