8 Books You Won't Believe Got Banned

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'Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night is a Shakespeare play, and as such you’d think it would not only be allowed in schools but welcomed with open arms. Not so. 

One day, a New Hampshire town apparently became very confused as to whether they were living in the year 1996 (which they were) or the year 1684, and so they decided to prohibit teachers from discussing anything that portrayed homosexuality as “an acceptable way of life.” In addition to being just straight-up dumb, this policy took a lot of educational subjects off the table, including Walt Whitman, Edward II of England, Beat poetry, the ancient Greeks, and penguins. 

It also meant they could no longer teach Twelfth Night, because this popular Shakespeare comedy is about a woman who disguises herself as a man, which leads to multiple characters unknowingly falling in love with someone of the same gender. You might be tempted to say this is the most ridiculous reason a book has ever been banned, but that’s because you haven’t seen the next item on this list.

Topics: Books
Tags: censorship, shakespeare, books we love, where's waldo, little red riding hood, fairytales, winnie the pooh, bridge to terabithia, twelfth night, banned books, banned books week, merriam-webster

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