“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
― Joseph Brodsky


Some of the most celebrated authors and novels have been challenged in libraries across the country. On the 2017 list of most challenged books were masterpieces like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Other classic literature titles are frequently challenged in some libraries: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

Other writers faced opposition during their years of writing. Leo Tolstoy faced censorship for his third novel, Resurrection, because it was deemed too scandalous and offensive to the Russian Orthodox Church1.

Come in to celebrate your freedom of expression at the John Tyler Libraries today.


1 Simmons, Ernest J. “Resurrection.” Introduction to Tolstoy’s Writings, 1968. Web. https://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/smmnsej/tolstoy/chap12.htm


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