Lolita or Lady Chatterley’s Lover?

 Lady Chatterley's Lover:

Lolita covers:


“Sons and Lovers?”

“The Awakening?”

“Lady Chatterley’s Lover?”

“Brideshead Revisited?”

“Tropic of Cancer?”

“The Sun Also Rises?”

“Naked Lunch?”

“The Naked and the Dead?”

“An American Tragedy? .  .  . “

I would listen to my grandparents, the librarians, argue over which banned book they would take turns reading aloud to each other at bed time. Then I’d fall asleep to the words of Lawrence, or Hemmingway, Chopin or Waugh, or . . . {67}

Compiled for: Tale Weaver #75: Bedtime Stories for Your Grandparents. I can assure you my paternal grandparents NEVER had this conversation. As my maternal grandmother died almost 30 years before I was born, I can’t say.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 26 – October 1, 2016, American Library Association.

The following is the ala’s list of most banned/challenged (attempts made to ban) classic books. The reasons for censorship may surprise you.

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike


22 thoughts on “Lolita or Lady Chatterley’s Lover?

  1. wildchild47 July 8, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    I happy to say that I’ve read almost every one of those books, at some time or other – so yeah, I rock! LOL ;) Actually, we’v discussed your HS teacher before, and yeah it would be so much better if people were actually taught to think – to think and question and make their own decisions – but hey, now a days, just about anything goes! Seems we’ve crossed the line into the other extreme!


    • taleweavering July 9, 2016 / 7:41 am

      It’s been the supposed meek librarian-types who have stood up against censorship. And, the back-banning of books bothers me too. A 19th century novel is a 19th century novel. Written by a 19th century author for a 19th century audience — at least in theory — so how is he/she to know what language, characteristics, scenarios are acceptable to a 20th or 21st century readership.
      Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is being banned all the time. Hell, he’s Mark Twain. Teach the book in it’s historical context. Don’t be lazy. (oops — historian rant. will stop.)
      And, you’d rock even if you didn’t read banned books! :)

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      • wildchild47 July 10, 2016 / 10:30 am

        You are absolutely correct in thinking – it’s important to look at at the bigger picture – which means, yes, put it into the historical, sociological context! Rant away! ;)
        and thank you – I think you rock too :)


  2. Sheri July 8, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Banning books is ludicrous. Clever take on the prompt.


    • taleweavering July 8, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Had a high school English teacher who bought us copies of the banned books she thought her students should read! Feisty, sprightly, 5 foot nothing, at least 65. She said no one had the right to deprive a person of a book.

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  3. luckyjc007 July 8, 2016 / 12:36 am

    I’d forgotten about a lot of these….read quite a few. Good to be reminded of them.


  4. Shadeau July 8, 2016 / 12:17 am

    LOVE Lady Chatterley….wore out the pages when I was 16.


  5. Michael July 7, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    What a delightful thought though, reading banned books to each other in bed, some I am sure brought about a cessation of reading from time to time…..thanks that was a great response to this week’s TW…

    Liked by 1 person

    • taleweavering July 7, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you, kind sir — looking spiffy in your new avatar/blavatar/gravatar photo. Nice smile.

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            • phylor July 7, 2016 / 8:24 pm

              Please do.
              And, yes, I’m sure the grandparents stopped reading from time to time. Especially given the content of those banned books. :)

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              • Michael July 7, 2016 / 8:26 pm

                Yes but I was hoping they stopped for reasons other than embarrassment…lol

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