19 Nov

invisible_manIn September of this year, Randolph County Schools in North Carolina banned students from reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.  The ban was based on a parent’s complaint.  During the paperback prohibition, a former community member gave away free copies of the story that a publishing house donated.  In a matter of weeks the restriction was reversed, and students were again permitted to read Ellison’s classic.

Read about the story here, here, and here.

Since I have not read the book, I cannot comment on whether or not Invisible Man is appropriate reading for a high school class, but…

in a matter of days, A Classic Case of Madness will dive into Ellison’s tale.  I’m feeling a little rebellious.  A banned book!  Let’s find out together what all the fuss was about.

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Invisible Man


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  1. Ruth @ An Experiment With The Well-Educated Mind

    November 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    A friend of mine gave me one of those white out pens, and I used it often in Invisible Man. Well, the blasphemy is personally offensive to me, but there were some inappropriate situations within the story that, as a mother, I do not think high school kids need more of. But maybe I’m really old fashion, and kids are seeing more than what Ellison is describing. That’s just me.


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