In 1979, someone in Indiana tried to have Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" banned, saying the book "openly rejects traditional marriage and motherhood."
In 1998, a Californian tried to ban J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," complaining it "opens a doorway that will put untold millions of kids into Hell."
Attempts to restrict access to books go back further than that. In 1885, a Concord, Mass., resident called Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" "trash and suitable only for the slums."
Banned Books Week has been observed annually since 1982 by the American Library Association, designed...