1532–64 François Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel is condemned for obscenity by the College of Sorbonne, Paris.
1759 Although banned by government and church authorities for its satirical content, Voltaire’s Candide becomes a best seller.
1934 Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s account of life as a writer in Paris, is banned in the US for sexual content.
1959 Narrated by a junkie, William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch is banned in Boston in 1962; the decision is overturned in 1966.
1988 Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is banned in more than 10 countries for perceived blasphemy against Islam.
Literary history is punctuated ...