There is no higher compliment than to have your book banned for challenging the social mores of the day. I can only hope to one day write something complex enough to make the reader question their world, and make the censors seek to keep it from the reader.
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)
By Ireland for its controversial themes on childbirth. Several states in the US tried to have it removed due to “themes on negativity.”
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
Its sin was to portray (in a sanitised manner) just how badly the poor were affected by the Great Depression.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)
Seen as Blasphemous by numerous Islamic nations. The number of death threats arising from this book suggests that Rushdie really hit a nerve, and had to go into hiding.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)
Confronting, to say the least, where it was sold it was usually in plastic and not available to minors. Still banned in Queensland, Australia.
Why? Well have a look at bret-easton-ellis-answers-critics-of-american-psycho.html
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
Here’s a strange one. If you had to list the various nations in puritanical attitudes towards sex, America would come close to the top in western nations, and yet this book focusing on a man’s obsession with a 12-year-old girl, a book that was seized by the Home Office and called “the filthiest book I have ever read’ by the editor of the Sunday Express” and even banned by the French, was published without any issues in the USA.
Ulysses by James Joyce
Called the most vulgar, obscene and blasphemous book ever to be banned in the U.S, but also the 20th centuries best novel.
Oh… and anything the Sad Puppies don’t like.