Banned books


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 ...

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