Here Are The Most Banned Books Of All Time

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The Most Banned Books Of All Time

These books have been banned all over the world, for various reasons. The problem? Banning them only makes people want to read them more. Send one to your teenage cousin, step-sister, and coworker to read books that changed history. It's pretty crazy to think that governments or monarchies and other institutions hold the power to censor what people can and cannot read. Some bans have been lifted while others are still in place.

These are the most banned books of all time.

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1. Brave New World

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Banned for: comments against religion, language, depiction of recreational intercourse.

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2. Lolita

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Banned for: controversial subject matter including age of consent and sex.

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3. All Quiet On The Western Front

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Banned for: deemed unpatriotic by National Socialists, true horrors of wartime.

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4. Animal Farm

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Banned for: The USSR did not appreciate the thinly veiled comparison of the brutalities of communism, countries like Cuba and North Korea agree.

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5. Catcher in the Rye

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Banned for: depiction of suicide, teenage rebellion, offensive statements, spreading communist thoughts in America.

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6. The Well of Loneliness

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Banned for: romantic lesbian relationships, "erotic" scenes.

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7. American Psycho

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Banned for: violence, brutality, gore.

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8. Of Mice and Men

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Banned for: racism, violence, and foul language.

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9. Catch-22

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Banned for: language, scenes depicting war.

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10. To Kill A Mockingbird

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Banned for: degrading, profanity, promotes white supremacy.

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11. The Scarlet Letter

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Banned for: sympathy for the main character, Hester Prynne, sinful, conflicts with community values, pornographic, and obscene.

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12. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Banned for: crime, violence, anti-white statements.

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