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September Theme: Celebrate Banned Books (& Skip the line!)

by James Gilmer on 2023-09-11T09:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

Join us in fighting back against censorship! Choose from this curated selection of digital titles within Pfeiffer Library that have regularly appeared on ALA's frequently challenged books lists, and are readily available at your fingertips:  

Cover ArtThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

ISBN: 9781775412762

Publication Date: 2009-01-01

Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer's best friend, escapes down the Mississippi on a raft with the runaway slave, Jim. One of the iconic American novels, it caused a stir when published because of the vernacular used by Twain to characterize Jim and the people of the Mississippi. Twain's criticism of racial segregation and the treatment of slaves was thrown into turbulent criticisms at the turn of the century however, when he himself was accused of racist stereotyping.




Cover ArtThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 135th Anniversary Edition by Mark Twain; Paul Baender (Editor)

ISBN: 9780520946323

Publication Date: 2010-08-10

This landmark anniversary edition contains a selection of Twain's hard-to-find letters and notes expressing his always-engaging opinions on the publication of Tom Sawyer.






Cover ArtAngels in America: a Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner

ISBN: 9781559367691

Publication Date: 2014-01-16

A revised edition of one of the most influential plays of our time, published with a new foreword by the author.






Cover ArtThe Awakening by Chopin, Kate

ISBN: 9781722524470

Publication Date: 2020

First published in 1899, this compelling novel shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity.






Cover ArtThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; D. Laing Purves (Editor)

ISBN: 9781775560159

Publication Date: 2012-11-01

Geoffrey Chaucer's fourteenth-century masterpiece The Canterbury Tales is such a rollicking good read that you'll forget many critics and scholars also regard it as one of the most important literary works in English. A group of pilgrims are traveling together to visit a holy shrine at the Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way, they decide to hold a storytelling contest to pass the time, with the winner to be awarded a lavish feast on the return trip. The tales offered up in turn by each of the travelers run the full gamut of human emotion, ranging from raucous and ribald jokes to heartrending tales of doomed romance. Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of classic literature, The Canterbury Tales is worth a read.

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