Most Banned Authors of All Time

From WordsRated:

As there is a lack of consistent and reliable sources regarding book banning for most of recorded history, it’s impossible to determine which books and authors have been banned the most. It’s also important to note that, even with the more accurate and reliable reports over the last few decades, over 80-90% of all book bans and challenges remain unreported.

We used the most extensive available database on book-banning efforts, ALA’s list of banned and challenged titles, to compile this report that shows the most banned authors since 1990. We calculated our WordsRated Ban Score to rank authors by the frequency and the number of banned titles during this period.

Who is the most banned author of all time?

  • Toni Morrison has been the most frequently banned author since 1990. Her books have been on the list of the 100 most banned titles in each of the previous 3 decades, reaching the top 10 between 2010 and 2019.
  • Judy Blume is the second most banned author since the 90s, appearing on the 100 most banned list from 1990 to 1999.
  • Robert Cormier’s titles appeared on the list of the 10 most frequently banned books between 1990 and 2009, making him the third most banned author of all time.
  • Books written by the 10 most banned authors since 1990 account for 33% of all top 10 most banned titles for each of the past 3 decades.

The list of the 25 most frequently banned authors, according to our metrics, is presented in the table below:

AuthorBanned titlesWordsRated ban rank
Toni MorrisonThe Bluest Eye, Beloved, Song of Solomon155
Judy BlumeForever…, Blubber, Deenie, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., Tiger Eyes141
Robert CormierThe Chocolate War, We All Fall Down, Fade118
Alvin SchwartzScary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series), Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat106
Robie HarrisIt’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, It’s So Amazing104
Lois LowryThe Giver, Anastasia Krupnik (series)99
Dav PilkeyCaptain Underpants (series), The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby98
Katherine PatersonBridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins96
Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer88
Phyllis Reynolds NaylorAlice (series)88
John SteinbeckOf Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath86
Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird75
J. D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye74
Alice WalkerThe Color Purple72
Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings68
Walter Dean MyersFallen Angels, Monster64
Peter Parnell, Justin RichardsonAnd Tango Makes Three63
Aldous HuxleyBrave New World61
Lauren MyracleInternet Girls (series)60
Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower58
Chris CrutcherAthletic Shorts: Six Short Stories, Whale Talk, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Running Loose56
Lois DuncanKilling Mr. Griffin, Daughters of Eve53
James Lincoln Collier, Christopher CollierMy Brother Sam Is Dead, Jump Ship to Freedom52
AnonymousGo Ask Alice52
Maurice SendakIn the Night Kitchen51

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