We originally featured this resource in the 9-29-2017 Scout Report as part of our special issue focused on Banned Books Week. In addition to the titles mentioned below, readers can also browse George Orwell's 1984 and Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
Many of the books that have been banned or challenged over the years are also considered literary classics. In honor of a previous Banned Books Week, Google Books created Explore Banned Books, which allows visitors to browse dozens of such classic texts that have been scrutinized throughout history. Readers are able to read small preview snippets of many of these books and check out titles of literary criticism authored about featured books. This tool may be especially useful for literature teachers and students interested in researching and analyzing specific texts. Classic books featured in the Explore Banned Books collection include Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, to name just a few.