What do the books:
- The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
- Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, and
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Surprising Answer:
They are all books that at one time or another have been banned from schools, libraries, or bookstores.
Today is right in the middle of Banned Books Awareness Week, September 25th thru October 2nd of this year. "Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals." (Taken directly from Wikipedia. Emphasis mine.)
Half Price Books provides a link from their web site to DeleteCensorship.org, where you can learn more about the hundreds of books that have been considered improper to read at different times and places. You are likely to find several of your favorites and wonder why they are listed.
For example, Huck Finn was banned due to the informal style of dialogue the author used. Concord, Massachusetts considered it "trash and suitable only for the slums."
Even the dictionary itself has at one time been considered improper reading material. On the list of objectionable books was The American Heritage Dictionary, banned by a library in Missouri and a school board in Alaska. The book's offensive material was some of the words it contained. Words like 'bed', 'knocker', and 'balls.'
I don't know. All of that seems sort of tame by today's standards.