The Grapes of Wrath and Banned Books Week

This week marks Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and supported by booksellers, librarians, journalists and writers, publishers and many, many readers.

The Grapes of Wrath has been challenged (reasons given include language, indecency and vulgarity) many times since its publication, so much so that Rick Wartzman wrote a book about it, Obscene in the Extreme: the burning and banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Was this book assigned to you as a student? Was it available to you at your library growing up?  Would you object to your kid reading it? How do you feel about someone else telling you what you can and cannot read?


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