It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Banned books meme

The idea of this meme is to see which of a list of books which have, at some time and place, been banned. We have no idea who did the banning, how extensive it was, nor the reasons for the banning, but here, taken from Florinda, who got it from Literary Feline, is the list.

I have bolded (it’s a word because it’s useful) the ones I’ve read, and italicized the ones I own but have not read/did not finish.

#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (in abridged translation) – couldn’t finish
#4 The Koran – unfinished
#5 Arabian Nights
– unfinished
#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 Niccolò Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

#16 Les Misérables 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 – ongoing project. I dip in every now and then.
#21 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – saw the movie. Guess that doesn’t count, huh?
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon – Has anyone read this cover to cover to cover to cover? There are, what four reeeaaalllly thick volumes to this, aren’t there?
#23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce – pretended to read it for a course in university. Faked it well enough to get an A-…
#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 – didn’t finish
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
– HUGELY boring. Did not finish.
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Das Capital by Karl Marx
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I think I’ve read them all.)
#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 The 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
– I read this when I was 14. What was bannable about this? Must re-read…
#48 The 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 – unfinished
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – did I ever finish? I read it when I was 15 or so and found the protagonist unbelievably tedious.
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Deisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck (multiple times – this is an all-time favorite)
#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 François 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 An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 The 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 The 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 The 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 Émile by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#103 Nana by Émile Zola
#104 The 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 Tilburn Clark
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

July 3, 2008 - Posted by | books, memes and quizzes


  1. Seriously, somebody banned Little House on the Prairie? Whatever for?

    I’ve read banned book lists before, and too often it turns out a book was banned only in a very specific set of circumstances, as in, say, a book intended for the grade 4 curriculum was removed — and moved to the grade 7 instead. It sort of skews reality to say “Oh! That book was banned!!” when in fact it was only postponed to, perhaps, an age more appropriate to its content.

    But I cannot for the life of my imagine what could possibly be the rationale to justify banning a Little House book, for any reason. I had exactly the same response to seeing that title on the list. Yeesh.

    Comment by daycare girl | July 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. I was stunned to see Little House on the Prairie there too, so I did some research.
    Apparently it was banned because of it’s negative portrayal of American Indians (I apologise if that isn’t the correct name, I’m an Aussie!). I can understand people not wanting to buy the book because of that, but surely you would realise that attitude was a product of the times? Many people felt that way, and we now recognise that to behave in such a way as that today would be wrong and hurtful and just plain stupid.
    There were a few other banned books that surprised me as well, and in checking out the reasons they were banned I’ve been reminded of scenes in books that I have read and forgotten, or not seen as such a big deal.
    I find it sad that even in today’s open and tolerant society people still find it easier to ban things they disagree with, instead of using them as a discussion tool in an educational setting. (Obviously I’m not talking about serious crimes here, just books!)
    Why not use Little House on the Prairie to teach children about how attitudes have changed and that there is still more work to do? I know that here in Australia we have a lot of work to do with our own Indigenous population and it can be an embarassing issue that gets swept under the rug. But it’s important to keep talking about it and making changes, instead of ignoring the issue.

    Comment by Jessica | July 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. What struck me is that you indicate you’ve read the whole Bible. Amazing! There are some really tedious parts in there.

    Comment by addofio | July 3, 2008 | Reply

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  5. I suspected you put Little House on the list to see if we were paying attention…

    Comment by Jennifer | July 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. I had not thought I’d read many banned books until this list! 😉

    Comment by LoryKC | July 5, 2008 | Reply

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