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Harry Clarke illustration for Charles Perrault 'Little Red Riding Hood'

CENSORSHIP IN LITERATURE: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood ended with both the little girl and her grandmother dead and no hunter to save them. The Grimm brothers softened the ending to suit their intention of entertainment rather than the moralizing of Perrault’s tales.

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451

CENSORSHIP IN LITERATURE: FAHRENHEIT 451

Fahrenheit 451 is an indictment of censorship and expurgation, so the fact that this book was expurgated and marketed by the publisher that way for 13 years before the author became aware of the abuse is particularly ironic.

John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men

Censorship In Literature: Of Mice And Men

Of Mice and Men earned the dubious prestige of being the second most frequently banned book in the public school curriculum of the 1990s. Censors claim that the novella contains crude heroes who speak vulgar language and whose experiences exhibit a sadly deficient social system in the United States.

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