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Charlotte’s Web a target for censorship

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web is a beloved children’s story about a little girl, Fern, who lives on a farm and falls in love with a runt pig. The runt grows up to be a gentle and bashful pig named Wilbur. The pig is befriended by a spider named Charlotte, who has a way with words and is determined to save Wilbur from slaughter.

 E.B. White. Charlotte’s Web . New York: Harper & Brothers (1952).

It seems amazing that in the 21st century, Charlotte’s Web would be a target for censorship. But in 2006, some parents in a Kansas school district decided that talking animals were blasphemous and unnatural, and that passages about the spider dying were “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.” The book was banned in the school system.

Dan reading Charlotte's Web
Me, posing at my local library for a ‘mug shot’ to commemorate Banned Books Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read.

Like to read? Here are just a “few” other books of the many that were once banned through the efforts the self-absorbed, the self-righteous and the misguided:

  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  • As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  • A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  • Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
  • All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
  • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  • The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
  • Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
  • Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
  • Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  • Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
  • Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller

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