The following books are discussed in the "Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds" chapter of 100 Banned Books. The categories in the table below are of my own devising. See the key for a further description of the table headings.
|Obscene||Gross Depiction of Reality||Opposing Ideology||National Security|
|All Quiet on the Western Front||X||X||X|
|Grapes of Wrath||X||X|
|Hoax of the Twentieth Century||X|
|I am the Cheese||X||X|
|In the Spirit of Crazy Horse||X|
|Johnny Got His Gun||X||X||X|
|Land of the Free||X|
|Manifesto of the Communist Party||X|
|Rights of Man||X|
|The Ugly American||X||X|
|Uncle Tom's Cabin||X||X||X|
|United States Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 (The Pentagon Papers)||X|
Obscene. These books were censored for content that was judged vulgar, profane, lewd, sexually explicit, blasphemous, or immoral.
Gross Depiction of Reality. These books were considered to be unpatriotic, unfavorable, excessively graphic, biased, libelous, racist, or untrue in their descriptions of situations or events. For example, many of the books above were censored for their harsh descriptions of war, especially when the censoring country was currently involved in a war.
Opposing Ideology. These books either espoused ideals or were written by authors considered to hold ideologies contrary to those of the established system of the country. For example, works depicting communism were frequently censored in anti-communist America.
National Security. These books revealed information about the workings of the government that were either classified or protected by secrecy contracts.
1. Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. [Location unknown]: Checkmark Books, 1999.
LIS: Assignment 3 -- Reasons for Censorship
|Last Edited: 19 Jun 2001|
©2001 by Z. Tomaszewski.