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‘Brave New World’ the third most censored book in America, librarians say


Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel Brave New World placed third in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.

The most common reason the futuristic novel, written by the British author in 1931 and published in 1932, was requested to be restricted or removed from libraries was because of its alleged insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit content.

Brave New World is set in the London of 2540 AD, where mass production has inundated nearly every aspect of society, free-love is mandatory and residents keep themselves in a happy stupor by self-medicating with an antidepressant-like drug called soma.

Unlike George Orwell's famous dystopian novel 1984, Huxley's novel envisioned a totalitarian government than used distractions and pleasures to suppress the population rather than brute force and propaganda.

The novel ranks fifth on a Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.


2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Brock Lorber
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That's The Fountainhead, Powell.  In Atlas Shrugged metallurgists, oil men, miners, philosophers, foundry men, and railroad tycoons are the terrorists.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Hopefully "Atlas Shrugged" will start to move up the list after Friday's movie debut.  It's where we find out architects are the new terrorists.

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