"Since 1982, Banned Books Week
has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and
readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read."
To commemorate this 30 year anniversary, the American Library Association has unveiled this timeline of significant banned and challenged books.
Although our Constitution's First Amendment guarantees our right to
read what we wish, our country has a history of books being banned, for
various reasons, by overzealous school and library boards.
However, as Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr noted in Texas v. Johnson,
"If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is
that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply
because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.", and we at
Edgewood's Oscar Rennebohm Library couldn't agree more. And often
enough, these banned books were written by some of our greatest authors:
James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, Alice Walker.
To commemorate Banned Books Week
here at Edgewood College, we are displaying some of the most celebrated
titles of this contentious group of books. We encourage you to check
one out and read it, and then go back for more.