Banned Books Week - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The book:“Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.” - Goodreads.


Why it was banned:
New Hampshire schools banned the book from classroom use in 1900 for inappropriate drug and sexual content as well as derogatory characterizations of authority figures and religion. China, however, originally banned the book because there were strong objections to the humanization of animal characters who spoke human language. They believed that it was a moral mistake to place animals on the same level as humans.

Why you should read it:
We recommend this childhood classic for its entertaining storyline as well as the underlying themes of the inevitable loss of childhood innocence, death as a constant and underlying menace, and a satirical voice towards a broken political and religious system.