Banned Books: The Invisible Man

Banned Books: The Invisible Man


WSSU Banned Books Event
September 30, 2015 Unlock your mind, read banned books. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
is another surprise classic on the banned books list. The book won the
National Book Award for fiction in 1953 because it expertly dealt with
issues of black nationalism Marxism and identity in the 20th century. However, it dealt with
these issues a little too well for some high schools. As a result the book was banned
from high school reading lists in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington State. Most recently the Board of Education in Randolph County North Carolina banned it from school libraries in 2013 after receiving complaints
that the book was, quote: “too filthy for teenagers”. The decision was reversed
after just a few months. All this for a book that was praised as a
masterpiece in 1995 and is included on Time Magazine’s
100 best English language novels. For more information on
banned books go to ALA.org [Designed and presented by C.G. O’Kelly Library
using GoAnimate for Schools]

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