12 Authors Who Were Banned in Boston

Boston may be a liberal mecca today but for most of its history, the city was known for its puritan values. Dozens of prominent authors saw their books banned by Beantown’s stuffy censors between 1881 and 1967.

The censors were particularly prickly during the Roaring Twenties. In 1927, Upton Sinclair’s book “Oil” got the ban. In an awesome act of civil disobedience,  Sinclair took to the streets to sell the sanitized “Fig Leaf Edition” himself!


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From Hemingway to Faulkner, here are 12 authors who got banned in Boston.