Challenged Book Spotlight: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Reasons for banning or challenging book generally fall into the same repetitive categories: obscene, offensive, unsuitable for children, vulgar and racist. But here's a twist for you:

In 1931, in the Hunan province of China, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll was banned outright because "animals should not use human language" and it was fundamentally wrong to portray "animals and humans on the same level."

And if you really want a good laugh (in a I-can't-believe-governments-are-so-incredibly-stupid kind of way), Anna Sewell's classic novel, Black Beauty, was banned in South Africa in 1955 because the word "black" is in the title.

Source for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Source for Black Beauty


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