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.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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dc.title In Cold Blood
dc.creator Capote, Truman, 1925-1984
dc.subject Mass murder; Trials (Murder); True crime stories LCSH
dc.description This book tells the story of both the victims and the murderers involved in the killing
of a family at a Kansas farmhouse in 1959.
dc.publisher Vintage International 02-01-1994 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 343 pages, 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0679745587
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; originally published by Random House, New York:
September 25, 1965
dc.rights Truman Capote

For this true crime book, Truman Capote interviewed local residents, case investigators, and the killers themselves in order to tell the full story of the 1959 murder of an entire family. This book is most commonly banned from schools due to the violence, although some people are also concerned about the profanity and references to sex.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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dc.title To Kill a Mockingbird
dc.creator Lee, Harper, 1926-2016
dc.subject Racism, Lawyers, Fathers and daughters, Race relations LCSH
dc.description A young girl experiences prejudice in the South as her father, a lawyer, defends a black man wrongly accused of a crime.
dc.publisher Harper Perennial Modern Classics 03-01-2004 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book, 385 pages, 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0060935467
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; originally published by Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia: July 11, 1960
dc.rights Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird shows a young girl learning about prejudice and racism for the first time when her father, a lawyer in their small southern town, defends a black man wrongly accused of rape. It has been challenged or banned consistently since it came out for various reasons. The most common are vulgar language and sexual content, racial slurs, and the idea that it promotes institutionalized racism. Almost 60 years after it was first published, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most commonly banned classic novels.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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dc.title The Great Gatsby
dc.creator Fitzgerald, F. Scott.
dc.subject Long Island (N.Y.)-Fiction.; Traffic accidents-Fiction.; Married women-Fiction.; First loves-Fiction.; Rich people-Fiction.; Mistresses-Fiction.; Revenge-Fiction. LCSH
dc.description This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor F. Scott Fitzgerald 2004-09-30 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 180 pages; 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
dc.identifier ISBN:978-0743273565 (alk. paper) ISBN
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald originally published by C. Scribner’s Sons, New York: 1925
dc.rights All rights reserved


The Great Gatsby chronicles America in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. It follows Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. There is wealth, booze, sex, and lavish parties. The book was challenged by the “Baptist Church in South Carolina because of its language and mere references to sex” (Banned Books that Shaped America).

“Banned books that shaped America.” Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

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
dc.language en-US RFC4646
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

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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dc.title Bridge to Terabithia
dc.creator Paterson, Katherine
dc.subject Friendship- Juvenile fiction.; Death-Juvenile fiction. LCSH
dc.description This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss. Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief. In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.
dc.publisher HarperCollins
dc.contributor Katherine Paterson 2003-05-06 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 144 pages; 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 in.
dc.identifier ISNB-13: 978-0064401845 ISBN
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dc.relation Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; originally published by T.Y. Crowell, New York: 1977
dc.coverage 1977-2003
dc.rights All rights reserved

Bridge to Terabithia stars Jess, a 10-year-old boy, who befriends a student, Leslie. Together they create an imaginary world called Terabithia. They have many adventures together until an accident leaves Jess alone to reign over Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia was first challenged in Lincoln, Nebraska schools “because it contained ‘profanity’ including the phrase ‘Oh Lord’ and ‘Lord’ used as an expletive” (New Mexico State University Library, 2015). It has been challenged by other school districts for not only offensive language, but also the belief that the material encourages Satanism (American Library Association, n.d.).

American Library Association. (n.d.). Top ten frequently challenged books lists of the 21st century. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from

New Mexico State University Library. (2015, December 8). Censorship and banned books. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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dc.title The Glass Castle: A Memoir
dc.creator Walls, Jeannette
dc.subject Children of alcoholics- United States- Biography.; Dysfunctional families- United States- Case studies.; Poor- West Virginia- Welch- Biography LCSH
dc.description Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
dc.publisher Scribner
dc.contributor Jeannette Walls 2006-01-17 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback book; 288 pages; 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13: 978-0743247542 ISBN
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dc.relation The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; originally published by Scribner, New York: 2005
dc.coverage 2005-2006
dc.rights All rights reserved

The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette Walls’ life. The book recounts the unconventional, poverty stricken upbringing she and her siblings had due to their dysfunctional parents. Walls’ experienced a tragic upbringing until she was able to move to New York City with her siblings to try to make a living for herself. The Glass Castle has been challenge a number of times, the first in 2010 at a high school in California. The various reasons for the challenges are: profanity, criticism of Christianity, drunkenness, and accounts of sexual abuse and prostitution (Marshall University Libraries, 2015).

Marshall University Libraries. (2015, August 21). Banned books: The Glass Castle. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck



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dc.title The Grapes of Wrath
dc.creator Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
dc.subject Dustbowl Era, 1931-1939—Fiction; Great Depression, 1929—Fiction; American Dream—Fiction; Farmers—Fiction LCSH
dc.description The Joad family falls on hard times in 1930s Oklahoma and strikes out for a new life in California, encountering hardships along the way.
dc.publisher Penguin Classics
dc.contributor John Steinbeck 03-28-2006 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 464 pages, 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-0143039433
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dc.relation The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; originally published by Viking Press, New York: 1939
dc.coverage 1939-2006
dc.rights All rights reserved


When the Great Depression hits Oklahoma in the 1930s, the Joad family finds itself with a worthless farm, no money, and no way to make a better life for themselves. So they strike out for California, hoping to find new jobs and new lives, but discover that the promised American Dream isn’t so easily attainable. First banned in California the year that it was published (Banned Books Week), “The Grapes of Wrath” has continued to be banned far and wide for profanity, sexual references, and accusations of propaganda.


Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Web. 25 Apr. 2016.