Wednesday 3 October 2012

Banned Books + Fahrenheit 451

Banned Books Week : September 30th  - October 6th  2012

A selection of tomes that found themselves taboo, plus the movie adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's book on the banning and burning of books.


Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

Racial controversy, also Banned in Japan (1988–2005) to quell "political threats to boycott Japanese cultural exports", although the pictures were not those of the original version

Florence White Williams


Lolita by Valdimir Nabakov

French officials banned it for being "obscene," as did the United Kingdom, Argentina, New Zealand (uncensored 1964) and South Africa.

Banned in Canada in 1958, though the ban was later lifted

image Ditte Winkelman


George Orwell 1984

Banned by the Soviet Union in 1950, as Stalin understood that it was a satire based on his leadership. It was nearly banned by U.S.A. and UK in the early 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was not until 1990 that the U.S.S.R. legalised the book and it was re-released after editing

George Orwell Animal Farm

During 1943 – 45, Allied forces found this entire book to be critical of the U.S.S.R., and therefore the text was considered to be too controversial to print during wartime. Publishers were reluctant to print the novel then. A play of Animal Farm was banned in Kenya in 1991, because it criticizes corrupt leaders. In 2002, the novel was banned in the schools of the United Arab Emirates, because it contained text or images that goes against Islamic values, most notably the occurrence of an anthropomorphic, talking pig.


Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Banned in apartheid South Africa in 1955 for containing "obscene" or "indecent" material

image: Odilon Redon


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

In 1965, the children's novel was temporarily banned in the People's Republic of China for its portrayal of early Marxism. The ban was lifted in 1991, following Seuss' death


Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Banned in the U.S.A in the 1930s until the early 1960s, seized by US Customs for sexually explicit content and vulgarity. The rest of Miller's work was also banned by the United States. Also banned in South Africa until the late 1980s


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis (1991)The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

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Fahrenheit 451

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Directed by Francois Truffaut (1966) based on the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury

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"Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings." ~ Heinrich Heine

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