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Can you guess which frequently banned book features this quote??


Upon issue of the American edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885 several libraries banned it from their shelves. Early criticism focused on what was perceived as the book's crudeness. Writer Louisa May Alcott said that if Twain "[could not] think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses he had best stop writing for them". Twain took it all in stride, remarking to his editor, "Apparently, the Concord library has condemned Huck as 'trash and only suitable for the slums.' This will sell us another twenty-five thousand copies for sure!" In 1905, New York's Brooklyn Public Library also banned the book due to "bad word choice" and Huck's having "not only itched but scratched" within the novel, which was considered obscene.

The book, along with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, was banned as recently as 2018 by the school district in Duluth, Minn.

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the Freedom to Read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association.


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