East of Eden
Artist: John Steinbeck
Date of Action: August 2021
Region: North America
Medium: Public Art
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.