1. 1984, George Orwell, 1949
George Orwell’s 1984 has repeatedly been banned and challenged in the past for its social and political themes, as well as for sexual content. Additionally, in 1981, the book was challenged in Jackson County, Florida, for being pro-communism.
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
The negative impact of the book about a boy who goes down a river with an escaped slave outweighed its literary benefits. An American high school has banned Mark Twain's novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because its use of the N-word was not "inclusive" and made students uncomfortable.
3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 1865
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was originally banned in China and other parts of the world because some people objected to the animal characters being able to use human language. They felt this put animals on the same level as humans.
4. The American Heritage Dictionary, American Heritage Publishing Company, 1969
Starting in 1976, the American Heritage Dictionary was removed from school libraries in Anchorage, Alaska and Cedar Lake, Indiana because of its “objectionable language.” It was removed the following year from school libraries in Eldon, Missouri for the same reason. 1982 saw the removal from Folsom, California school libraries. A decade later, the dictionary was challenged, removed from, but ultimately reinstated in the Churchill County (Nevada) school libraries.
5. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis, 1991
American Psycho was challenged/banned due to excessive and graphic violence and sex throughout. The original publisher declined to publish the book after women from all over started protesting them gruesome accounts of rape and murder against women in the novel. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), described the book “a how-to novel on the torture and dismemberment of women.” A public librarian from Cathege, Missouri in 1991 was advised to remove the book from the shelf and "keep it under the circulation desk" and then "lose it." This incident involving this novel was one of the reasons the librarian submitted her request for resignation under protest. It is theoretically banned in the Australian state of Queensland;
the book comes shrink-wrapped and is classified "R18" in the rest of Australia and New Zealand.
The intense occurrences of explicit violence and sex throughout the book make American Psycho an
obvious novel for censorship.