Historically speaking, whenever The Scarlet Letter has been banned or challenged, the objections have come from all directions. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s name may be inextricably linked with the Puritans, but he clearly had a complicated relationship with his subject matter. He’s renowned for his deep symbolism, psychological insight, and the “mystical blackness” that pervades his work. So, The Scarlet Letter is about much more than a misbehaving minister.
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Who knows what was going through Shirley Jackson’s head as she walked home from the market, just before she put her daughter Joanne in the playpen, the frozen vegetables in the freezer, and The Lottery down on paper. But, the short story she wrote that afternoon ends with a famously shocking plot twist, one that has provoked controversy since the instant it appeared in The New Yorker.
It's more than the "girl power" and (ironically) good witches that got it banned. Discover how much more here...
Book banning has been part of human history since ancient times. At different points in history, authors of banned books have been ostracized, jailed, exiled, or even threatened with death. During certain historical periods, possessing a banned book was regarded as a heretical act or considered treasonous, and therefore punishable. Here’s a brief timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship tactics.