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Banned and Challenged Classics available at PTC Libaries
To Kill a Mockingbird
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS 3562 E353 T6 1995
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel has been challenged for its language and racial themes that allegedly promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.”
To view a complete list of banned and challenged classic books please visit the American Library Association's Banned & Challenged Classics page.
The Color Purple
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3573.A425 C6 1992
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been banned and/or challenged for its "sexual and social explicitness," "troubling ideas about race relations, man's relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality," and its depiction of incest and violence.
The Great Gatsby
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & and Ottenheimer - South PS3511.I9 G7 1953
Challenged for language and sexual references.
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3555.L625 I5 2002
Banned and/or challenged for profanity and images of violence and sexuality.
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3563.O8749 B4 2004
Challenged many times for violence, language and sexual content.
The Catcher in the Rye
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North Library & Ottenheimer - South PS3537.A426 C315 1991
Challenged and/or banned for "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult," The book has also been challenged for containing profanities and depicts premarital sex, alcohol abuse, and prostitution.
The Fellowship of the Ring
Call Number: Ottenheimer - South Library PR6039 .O32 L6 1993
Several of Tolkien's novels were burned by a New Mexico church in 2001 for satanic content.
The Grapes of Wrath
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3537.T3234 G8 2006
This Pulitzer Prize winning book has been challenged for its language, sexual references, and using the Lord's name in vain.
The Satanic Verses
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North Library PR6068.U757 S28 2000
Banned in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Quatar, Indonesia, South Africa, and India because of its criticism of Islam. Challenged in Kansas for being "blasphemous to the prophet Mohammed."
In Cold Blood
Call Number: Ottenheimer - South Library HV6533 .K3 C3 1993
Banned for sex, violence, and profanity.
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3572 .O5 S6 2005
Banned and/or challenged for profanity, violent imagery, sexual content, depictions of torture, ethnic slurs, and negative portrayals of women.
Of Mice and Men
Call Number: Ottenheimer - North & Ottenheimer - South Library PS3537 .T3234 O2 1994
Banned and/or challenged for its "blasphemous language, excessive cursing, and sexual overtones" and for the author's "anti-business attitude" and questionable patriotism.
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