Why Was "Of Mice and Men" Banned?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 5:41:38 AM ET

John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" has been banned from libraries and school curriculums since its publication in 1937 for a variety of reasons, including its use of profane or foul language and depiction of violence and racism. For example, exclusion of the book from a school curriculum was proposed in one area in 2007 due to a character's exclamatory use of the words "Jesus Christ" as part of non-religious dialogue. In this context, "banned" does not mean that the book was universally forbidden or censored for a consistent period of time; rather, it refers to the fact that this book has been deemed inappropriate for some audiences for a variety of reasons.