Originally Posted by dustinzgirl
Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath was banned in many high schools, libraries, and even towns.
Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird...also a banned book.
Are you arguing that only banned books have any merit or make 'contributions to US national interest, world peace or cultural endeavours'.
I expect that given the lists, that is often truer than one might think.
Undoubtedly, her books do deal with children at a school for witchcraft, but so do many other books. They were only singled out for book-burning bonfires because of their popularity, not because of any literary criticism. I would just have expected the awarding body to rise above this.
Dusty - I'm also interested at why you think the BBC is biased against the US. I'd like to think they are fairly balanced. Large parts of the world rely on it as the only unbiased news they get. I think they were balanced in the reporting of your political parties in your recent election, much more so than they appear to be in their reporting and questioning of own own UK political parties. And given the recent US reporting about the evil NHS much more balanced than some news organisations inside the US itself.