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Five Books That Have Been Mass Burned


As long as books have existed, someone has been determined to ban, and in some cases burn, them. Here’s a list of five notable books put to the flame. We think the books themselves or the circumstances will surprise you.

- The Bible. In 1525 the Catholic Church seized and burned 6,000 copies of the English translation of the New Testament to keep their parishioners from being able to read and interpret the scriptures on their own.

-  Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo’s theories about the solar system, was burned by his widow, under duress from the Church, in 1642.

-  Ulysses by James Joyce was burned in 1918 in the U.S. and in 1922 in Canada and Ireland.

-   The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was burned in 1988 in Bolton, England, in response to the fatwa issued against Rushdie by the Ayatollah Khomeni.

-   J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books were burned in Pennsylvania in 2001 and at least six other times.

For a chilling look at book burning taken to the extreme, either read the book or watch the movie Fahrenheit 451.


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