Why Are Some Books Banned?

People ban books for many reasons, including offensive language, sexual content, political or religious positions, and violence. Classic books, including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Grapes of Wrath," "Of Mice and Men" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," have been taken off the shelves for passages perceived as profane.

"Lolita," "The Color Purple," "Beloved" and "Brave New World" were banned because they were considered too sexually explicit. Alleged violence caused the removal of "Native Son," "Slaughterhouse Five," "In Cold Blood" and "The Call of the Wild." Political or religious views led to the prohibition of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," "The Jungle," "Satanic Verses," and "The Autobiography of Malcom X."