Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, 2014 Edition

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Librarians, educators, students, and parents along with publishers, booksellers, writers, and readers interested in the current state of literary censorship in America—especially in our libraries and schools—will find this volume indispensable. This new edition of Banned Books by noted First Amendment advocate Robert P. Doyle details incidents of book bannings from 387 B.C. to 2014.

This guide provides a framework for understanding censorship and the protections guaranteed to us through the First Amendment. Interpretations of the uniquely American notion of freedom of expression—and our freedom to read what we choose—are supplemented by straightforward, easily accessible information that will inspire further exploration.

This update and expanded 2014 edition features a new, streamlined design that will make this an essential reference you’ll return to time and again.

Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Use this book to help emphasize the importance of the First Amendment and the power of uncensored literature.

For more information about Banned Books Week, please visit

Insight—The Challenge of Censorship

Interpretation—The First Amendment, the Freedom of Expression, and the Freedom to Read

Information—First Amendment Timeline, Court Cases, Glossary, Bibliography, Quotations, and Action Guide

Incidents—Top Ten Challenged Books of 2013 and Banned or Challenged Books—almost 2,000 titles listed alphabetically by author plus Title, Topical, and Geographic Indices.

Robert P. Doyle

Robert P. Doyle is the executive director of the Illinois Library Association. He is a noted authority and frequent speaker on First Amendment rights and the freedom to read. Under his leadership, the association has successfully opposed numerous legislative challenges to intellectual freedom. Prior to joining ILA, Doyle was director of the American Library Association’s International Relations Office. Currently, he serves as vice-president of the Freedom to Read Foundation and is a recipient of their 2009 Roll of Honor Award. He has edited Banned Books since 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, and is a long-time resident of Chicago.