8 classic books that were banned or challenged | Living

“The Catcher in the Rye”

By J.D. Salinger

Complaints the book has received: It’s obscene and anti-white. It has vulgar language and sexual scenes. It “centered around negative activity.” It has the F-word in it.

Notable challenges

Salinger’s book has been a favorite target of censors since its publication, according to the American Library Association.

1960: A Tulsa, Oklahoma, teacher was fired for assigning the book to an 11th-grade English class. The teacher was later reinstated, but the book was removed from school use.

1975: Removed from the Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, reading list due to parental objections. The school board voted 5-4 to ban the book.

1988: Challenged at Linton-Stockton High School in Linton, Indiana, because it is “blasphemous and undermines morality.”

1997: Removed from the required reading curriculum of a Marysville, California, school district because the superintendent wanted to get it “out of the way so that we didn’t have that polarization over a book.”

2001: Banned by a school board member in Summerville, South Carolina, because it is “a filthy, filthy book.”

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