Each year, the ALA’ sOffice for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. 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. These are only a select few of the banned or challenged books available through Bloomsbury Books.
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, is the brilliantly written story depicting the life of Americans during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s when Oklahoma farmers were forced off the land they had farmed for generations and they moved to California for the better life they believed they would find picking peaches and grapes.
Beloved, by Toni Morrison, is Morrison’s “towering achievement.” Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Beloved is filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope.
Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov. Awe and exhiliration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation, The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley.