The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Banned or challenged for: "Vulgarity"

“[In 1982] the Bay County School Board, in Panama City, Florida, and superintendent of schools Leonard Hall created a censorship controversy when they announced a “three-tier book classification system” to evaluate and to eliminate books on the current high school reading list. … The third tier, made of books that were removed from classroom discussion, were those the school officials characterized as having “a lot of vulgarity” and the curse “goddamn.” Among the works in this third tier were The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Old Man and the Sea.
--Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, p. 201