East of Eden

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Artist: John Steinbeck

Year: 1952

Date of Action: 1982

Region: North America

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Religion

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Anniston, Alabama High School Libraries

Description of Artwork: East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. East of Eden tells the story of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories.

The Incident: The book was considered "ungodly and obscene", and removed from Anniston, Alabama, high school libraries, 1982;

Results of Incident: The book was later reinstated on a restricted basis. Schools in Greenville, South Carolina faced a similar challenge to the book in 1991.