Howl, and other poems by Allen Ginsberg


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dc.title Howl, and other poems
dc.creator Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
dc.subject Political poetry, American; Beat generation–Poetry; Homosexuality LCSH
dc.description “Howl” is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems, and dedicated to Carl Solomon. Poems include: Howl — Footnote To Howl — A Supermarket in California — Transcription of Organ Music — Sunflower Sutra — America — In the Baggage Room at Greyhound ; Earlier Poems: An Asphodel — Song — Wild Orphan — In Back of the Real.
dc.publisher City Lights Books 1956 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 44 pages; 16 cm
dc.identifier ISBN: 9780872860179
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg; originally published by City Lights Books; San Francisco: 1956.
dc.rights Allen Ginsberg

Ginsberg’s famous poems were criticized for their depiction of madness, sexuality, and political protest, among other reasons. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of City Lights Books, was arrested and charged with publishing and selling obscene literature. He was found not guilty.


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


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dc.title Slaughterhouse-Five
dc.creator Vonnegut, Kurt, 1922-2007
dc.subject World War, 1939-1945; Satire; Post-traumatic stress disorder LCSH
dc.description This satirical book shows an American soldier during World War II, suffering from PTSD and experiencing what he believes to be his former life through a series of flashbacks.
dc.publisher Dell 11-03-1991 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 215 pages, 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0440180296
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; originally published by Delacorte; New York: 1969
dc.rights Kurt Vonnegut

Through flashbacks, this satirical anti-war book tells the story of a disoriented American soldier who believes himself to have experienced things like alien abduction and time travel before being taken prisoner by German soldiers. It has been consistently banned and challenged since its publication in 1969 for being “depraved,” “vulgar,” “anti-Christian” and “anti-American,” as well as containing explicit sexual content.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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dc.title The Catcher in the Rye
dc.creator Salinger, J.D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010
dc.subject Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character)- Fiction.; Runaway teenagers- Fiction.; New York (N.Y.)- Fiction. LCSH
dc.description Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger’s New Yorker stories–particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor–will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
dc.publisher Back Bay Books
dc.contributor J.D. Salinger 2001-01-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 288 pages; 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0316769174 ISBN
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dc.relation The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; originally published by Little, Brown, and Company, New York: 1951
dc.coverage 1951-2001
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield’s three-day adventure home after flunking out of his preparatory school. Holden contemplates his life, and during his journey, he meets a variety of people. The novel also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, loss, and connection. The Catcher in the Rye has been challenged, removed, and banned in my many schools due to a variety of reasons: profanity, obscenity, offensive language, prostitution, and many other reasons (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Banned and/or challenged books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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dc.title The Scarlet Letter
dc.creator Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
dc.subject Puritans-Massachusetts-Fiction.; Women-Massachusetts-Fiction.; Adultery-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. Its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart. Hester Prynne is the adulteress, forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter A on the breast of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and the secret father of her child, Pearl, struggles with the agony of conscience and his own weakness. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, revenges himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken cleric. The result is an American tragedy of stark power and emotional depth that has mesmerized critics and readers for nearly a century and a half.
dc.publisher Dover Publications
dc.contributor Nathaniel Hawthorne 1994-5-02 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 192 pages, 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.4 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0486280486 ISBN
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dc.relation The Scarlet Letter: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne; originally published by Ticknor, Reed & Fields, Boston: 1850
dc.coverage 1850-1994
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Scarlet Letter is about Hester Prynne, an adulteress, who is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing to identify her sin. Arthur Dimmesdale, the father of her child and the town minister, struggles with the guilt of not admitting to his wrongdoing. Also at play is Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s presumed dead husband, who seeks his revenge on both Hester and Arthur for their actions. The Scarlet Letter has often been challenged due to its “pornographic and obscene” content in addition to its “conflicts with community values” (“Banned Books That Shaped America”).

Banned Books That Shaped America. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2016, from