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Starting a Fight: Controversial Literature

Several of these books have been banned from libraries, homes or classrooms. They have been challenged, damned, discussed, revered and secretly shared. These books are considered to be some of the most controversial novels of modern literature.

Several of these books have been banned from libraries, homes or classrooms. They have been challenged, damned, discussed, revered and secretly shared. These books are considered to be some of the most controversial novels of modern literature.

For this gallery, we hand-picked signed, rare and beautiful copies to inspire a Controversial Shelf for any collection. There are some notorious titles left off so that we could highlight a few lesser known works, but you can still find copies on Biblio at any time.

10 Comments

  • What about Ray Bradbury’s landmark novel “Fahrenheit 451”? Not only has this seminal book about book-burning been on the “burn list” of any number of self-proclaimed moralists, it was also censored by publishers. Ray Bradbury noted in his Afterword to the “definitive edition” that no less than 79 deletions and omissions had been made over the years, but that the novel was being reissued “with all the hells and damns back in place”.

    Ray Bradbury’s headstone bears his name, dates, and the epitaph: “Author Of Fahrenheit 451”. A truly fitting way of getting the last word.

  • Insufficient Hunter Thompson, Robert Fisk,George monbiot,Eric Hobsbawm and other writers who know how to look at the world without the Empire builder’s Rose Coloured Glasses

  • “the Catcher in the Rye”, “Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” were compulsory reading when I was in school. They should be read with knowledge of history of the time… not infusing “political correctness” of our present day.

    • As they said in the post… “There are some notorious titles left off so that we could highlight a few lesser known works…” Lolita is pretty notorious, for sure!

  • Hello, yes, Ray Bradbury is a very important prophetic voice, not only for the USA. Mr Bradbury is deeply concerned about the future of the freedom.

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