Banned Book! Emily Savage reading Brave New World

Emily Savage is the Music Editor at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She currently writes weekly about local music goings-on in her print column, Tofu and Whiskey, and on the Guardian’s music blog, Noise. Her work has previously appeared in the Bold Italic, Poor Taste Magazine, SF Weekly, Metro.Pop, SOMA Magazine, J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, the Grunion Gazette, and VenusZine.com.

This found copy, with cover art by sci-fi artist Charles Binger, belongs to City Lights staffer Jolene.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was first published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurology. Brave New World has been banned and challenged at various times. In 1932, the book was banned in Ireland for its language, and for supposedly being anti-family and anti-religion. In 1980, it was removed from classrooms in Miller, Missouri among other challenges. In 1993, an unsuccessful attempt was made to remove the novel from a California school’s required reading list because it “centered around negative activity”. The book was banned in India in 1967 with Huxley accused of being a “pornographer.” The American Library Association ranks Brave New World as No. 52 on their list of most challenged books.

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