#TBT: Famous Moments On the Wrong Side of History
BY Christopher Harrity
July 31 2014 4:00 AM ET
Above left: An early hardcover edition. Above right: Michelle Williams can't put the book down, even on the red carpet.
The Catcher in the Rye: Banned and Beloved
The Catcher In the Rye is still one of the most popular books ever written, reaching the New York Times best-seller list in the first two weeks after publication. But that didn't keep it off the censors' lists. The American Library Association maintains it is still a favorite with censors. Even 10 years after its 1951 publication, teachers were losing their jobs for assigning their students to read the book. A community in Columbus Ohio deemed the book "antiwhite." When author J.D. Salinger died in 2010, sales of his book charted over half a million.