The Most Famous Banned Books Of All Time

By Ellie Smith

2 years ago

Some of the world's most controversial books are on display at the 2022 edition of Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair

Whether it’s for their depictions of sexuality, their controversial theories or political reasons, some of the most famous books of all time have been banned over the years. That includes Ulysses by James Joyce – now widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written – which was first published in 1922, before being banned in the UK and the USA. In commemoration of the book’s 100th anniversary, Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, has chosen banned books as this year’s theme.

Returning to the Saatchi Gallery from 15 – 18 September 2022, Firsts is one of the most prestigious book fairs in the world, showcasing unique works from over 100 dealers – from old books to manuscripts, ephemera and maps. This year, there will be a special focus on censored books. In light of this, Firsts has shared 10 of the most famous banned books of all time, many of which will be on display at the fair.

The Most Famous Banned Books Of All Time

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