Banned Books 2016 – Death and the Maiden

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


Challenged as required reading in the Rumson-Fair Haven (NJ) high school because the play is “too sexually explicit for high school teens.” An ad hoc committee of teachers, school board members, and a parent recommended that the play be moved off the summer reading list and instead be taught during the school year so that teachers can guide students as they read it. The play is about a former political prisoner who was raped by her captors. Years later, she believes she has found her attacker – a man who drove her husband home after a flat tire. She ties up her attacker and puts him on trial, with her husband acting as his attorney.

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Last updated

July 21, 2016