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Hartford Library Hosts Banned Book Exhibit

Hartford Library Hosts Banned Book Exhibit

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...