Classics

Clarissa; or, The History of a Young Lady

By Samuel Richardson

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In this classic eighteenth-century epistolary novel, Clarissa's family tries to marry her off and a city gentleman tries to seduce her.
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Two Classics of the French Revolution: Reflections on the Revolution in France

By Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine

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This volume contains two works, one of which is "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine, which supported the French Revolution, and for which Paine was indicted for treason in England in 1792.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

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Two children in a small southern town in the 1930s are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father defends a black man charged with raping a white girl. The book has been challenged and banned from several school libraries over the years.

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The Tragedy of King Lear

By William Shakespeare

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A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his two scheming eldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe.
Banned from the English stage from 1788-1820 out of respect to King George III's alleged insanity.
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The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

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This book tells the story of the magnificent dog Buck, who is a loyal pet until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for the gold of the Klondike. Brutally treated, Buck finds the blood of his wolf ancestors rising within him and breaks free to roam the Alaskan wilderness as leader of a ferocious pack. Banned in three European countries in the '20's and '30's, it is now required reading in many U.S. schools.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

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The bad boy of riverboating days on the Mississippi has a great time living like a pirate, witnesses a murder, gets a fortune, and attends his own funeral.

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Silas Marner

By George Eliot

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After suffering betrayal and rejection, Silas Marner leaves his community to settle in a strange place. There the lonely weaver becomes obsessed with accumulating money, until one day a little golden-haired orphan girl wanders into his home... Set at the beginning of the industrial revolution, Silas Marner weaves a telling social commentary into an inspiring tale of love and redemption. Banned in Anaheim, CA in 1978.

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Leaves of Grass

By Walt Whitman

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"Leaves of Grass" inaugurated a new voice, style, and optimistic, bombastic vision into American letters, one that took the nation itself as subject. This classic was "Banned in Boston" in 1881 for its language.

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Gone with the Wind

By Margaret Mitchell

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Spoiled Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara never stops loving the married Ashley Wilkes even as she faces the hardships of life during the Civil War and the changes brought about by Reconstruction.
 

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Don Quixote: Complete and Unabridged

By Miguel de Cervantes

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Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. It was banned in Madrid for the sentence "Works of charity negligently performed are of no worth."

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