why was as i lay dying banned

Of course. Sigh. I remember when the little mermaid turned into sea foam at the end of the story because the sea witch's spell required the prince to marry her, which he did not. There was no lobster dancing and singing with the whole sea crew. Not to mention she was in constant extreme pain from trading her tail for legs. No kids today know about the beautiful yet sad story of the Little Match Girl. We just worked on Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day", turning it into a graphic novel for young teens.


As we were finishing up, supposedly Mr. Bradbury wrote to us and asked us to change the ending to: "the other children had gather flowers while they were outside, and gave the flowers to Margo after they let her out of the closet. "
Our editors were not happy with the new ending. In my Newsgathering class a couple of years ago, we read an article about books that have been banned.


So, I was curious as to whether or not As I Lay Dying had been banned. Surprisingly, it was-or at least I found it surprising. In 1986, Graves County, Kentucky, the school board banned this book from its high school English reading list because it has seven passages which made a reference to God or abortion and used curse words such as bastard, goddam, and son of a bitch.


The funny part about this is that none of the school board members had actually read the book. If you want to find out more novels that have been banned, then go here: This entry was posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 11:15 pm and is filed under. You can follow any responses to this entry through the feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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