Noticeably absent: Billy Pilgrim’s (see above).
Most of us regard Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five as a masterpiece of thought-provoking science fiction, but the School Board of Republic High School in Missouri felt differently. They decided to ban the novel.
And in response, the Vonnegut Memorial Library offered to provide a free copy to any of the 150 students who were originally supposed to read it.
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut’s celebrated second world war satire censored along with teen novel Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.
The vote? 4-0. One of the four read the book.
“That’s the point. Every kind of animal thinks its own kind of animal is wonderful. So people getting married think they’re wonderful, and that they’re going to have a baby— that’s wonderful, when actually they’re as ugly as rhinoceroses.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
Kurt Vonnegut, Syracuse University Commencement, Sunday, May 8th, 1994