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Banned Books Week
National Hispanic Heritage Month

Banned Books Week

About Banned Books Week:
Observed during the last week of September each year since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take their right to free speech for granted. This celebration honors the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.


Click here for a Teacher's Guide on Censorship.

Click here for a downloadable copy of RHI: Censorship & Banned Books.

The American Library Association's Banned Books Week website offers information about intellectual freedom and a list of frequently asked questions.

The Online Books Page offers a list of banned books, and details the reasons they were censored.

Click here for a list of banned books from Melville House.

List of banned books published by Random House:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The by Mark Twain
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The by Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Arabian Nights translated by Richard Burton
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Awakening, The by Kate Chopin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Bluest Eye, The by Toni Morrison
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Candide by Voltaire
Canterbury Tales, The by Geoffrey Chaucer
Cider House Rules, The by John Irving
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Back by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Diary of Anne Frank, The by Anne Frank
Fanny Hill by John Cleland
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Handmaid’s Tale, The by Margaret Atwood
House of the Spirits, The by Isabel Allende
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jack by A.M. Homes
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Merchant of Venice, The by William Shakespeare
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
Sandman Vol. 1, The by Neil Gaiman
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Ulysses by James Joyce
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

National Hispanic Heritage Month

American Chica by Marie Arana
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
Bordering Fires edited by Cristina Garcia
Contemporary Latin American Short Stories edited by Pat McNees
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
House on Mango Street, The by Sandra Cisneros
Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
Last of the Menu Girls, The by Denise Chavez
Latin American Heroes by Jerome Adams
Latin American Writers at Work by Paris Review
Loosing My Espanish by H.G. Carrillo
Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds by Gregory Rodriguez
Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia
La sabiduria de los nuestros by Yvonne Conde
Short Stories by Latin American Women edited by Celia Correas Zapata
Squatter and the Don, The by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Underdogs, The by Mariano Azuela