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Best banned books I ever read
I read banned books, and I am proud of it. Every year I look forward to celebrating the freedom to read some of the best literature in the world as I celebrate Banned Book Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).
I am stunned that so many great books have been banned or challenged. A Library of Congress exhibit entitled Books that Shaped America includes many books that have been forced off the shelves of schools. They take their place among books that are said to “have had a profound effect on American life.” Here are some of my favourite books that have had the misfortune to be banned:
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
In 1885, this story of a white boy who runs away with a slave was described as “trash and suitable only for the slums” before it was banned in the New England city of Concord. It is one of the most challenged books of all time, and continues to be on the banned book list in many schools because of the use of the n-word. Many people have complained Huckleberry Finn is racist and stereotypical, all issues that could be dealt with in literature class.
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