An infographic by PrinterInks.com lays out the history of books that have been banned in different countries through history. Some of the books are banned for sensitive themes, like the political satire in George Orwell‘s Animal Farm or explicit sex in D. H. Lawrence‘s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, but there are a couple surprises. For example, Dan Brown‘s 2003 best-selling Da Vinci Code is still currently banned in Lebanon.
Several children’s books even make the list. E. B. White‘s classic Charlotte’s Web was banned in Kansas in 2006 due to the concept of talking animals and the perceived inappropriateness of the passage about Charlotte’s death. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was banned by the Detroit Public Library in 1957 because it provided “no value for children today.”
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