Banned Books Meme

I have been seeing this all over my friends list the last couple days (does anyone know where it originally came from or who compiled it and decided which were the top banned books?). Oh, and by the way, speaking of friends, I notice that I suddenly have a lot of new ones since the last time I checked. Welcome aboard, everyone….

List of the top 110 banned books. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you’ve read part of. Read more. Convince others to read some.

#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Kapital by Karl Marx
#37 Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
#102 Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Emile Zola
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

17 responses to “Banned Books Meme

  1. This site looked to be the likely source.
    But I don’t know for sure. It just fits the list, you know?

  2. Who banned “James and the Giant Peach” and on what supposed grounds?!?

  3. Oh, and by the way, speaking of friends, I notice that I suddenly have a lot of new ones since the last time I checked. Welcome aboard, everyone….
    Hi back. TV/animation/film/comic book/game writer here who really truly, *really* plans to write a novel in the near future. Meanwhile, have a non-fiction educational book due in a week, so exit stage left.

  4. Don’t mind me. I’m just interested in how the publishing industry works, so I eavesdrop as much as possible.
    I never mentioned anything about it when I stumbled upon your journal as I didn’t think you’d want to be bothered with it.

  5. banned books
    Hey, where’s Harry Potter on this list? I know it’s been banned from several school districts for witchcraft references. Sheesh. Crazy stuff. I recognize some of my favorites up there, too. I wonder who made up the list? Must find out.

  6. Ah, I yearn to be on that list someday.

  7. I’m quite pleased – I’ve read most of the books on the list (And I had no idea they were banned except maybe ‘Les Fleurs du Mal’ or ‘Lolita’.)
    By banned, I imagine they would be banned in other countries besides the US? I’m reading a book now called ‘The Devil and Margharite’. It’s no longer banned in the Soviet Union but was until the late 60’s, I believe.
    – I’m still raising my eyebrows in disbelief. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’?
    Jennifer Macaire

  8. the source
    Okay, I found it on this site:
    . . .and it looks like it came from a series called Banned Books: Censorship Histories in World Literature.

  9. Hi, someone over on
    pointed out that you have a journal, so that might partially explain the stampede to your friendslist.
    Back to interested reader/lurk mode for me!

  10. #1 The Bible–read (yes, the whole thing)
    #2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain–read
    #4 The Koran–read part
    #6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain–read part
    #7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift–read
    #8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer–read part
    #11 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli–read part
    #12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe–read part
    #17 Dracula by Bram Stoker–read part
    #21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck–read part
    #25 Ulysses by James Joyce–read part
    #27 Animal Farm by George Orwell–read
    #29 Candide by Voltaire–read
    #30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee–read
    #33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck–read
    #48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway–read
    #50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury–read part
    #53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey–read part
    #57 Color Purple by Alice Walker–read part
    #58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger–read part
    #61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe–read
    #96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe–read part
    #97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud–read part
    Where is “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?” Joyce should be banned on sheer complexity alone! LOL

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