Banned and/or Challenged Books (from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Burned in Alamagordo, NM (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic.
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
- Banned, but later reinstated after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, GA (2000). The controversy began in early 1999 when a parent complained about sex, violence, and profanity in the book that was part of an Advanced Placement English Class.
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
- Alabama Representative Gerald Allen (R-Cottondale) proposed legislation that would prohibit the use of public funds for the “purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.” The bill also proposed that novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed. The bill would impact all Alabama school, public, and university libraries. While it would ban books like Heather Has Two Mommies, it could also include classic and popular novels with gay characters such as Brideshead Revisited, The Color Purple or The Picture of Dorian Gray (2005).