Illustration to Fanny Hill by Édouard-Henri Avril.

Illustration to Fanny Hill by Édouard-Henri Avril.

Obscene! Racist! Immoral! Blasphemous!

These are just some of the charges that have been laid against works of literature over the centuries. Which novels have been especially controversial, resulting in court cases, the banning of the book, death threats and violence? Which works of literature have got readers and the authorities especially hot under the collar?

Susannah Fullerton examines 20 controversial classics. Her intriguing selection includes poems, children’s fiction, a biography and a play, as well as well-known novels. Discover what it was about these books which so upset people, when and how they started to gain public acceptance, and the consequences of banning them from schools and public libraries. Be challenged to think about how you yourself respond to these literary works, and what might make you ban a book?

Enter the thought-provoking world of Controversial Classics.

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