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Some of the most controversial books in history are now regarded as classics.The Bible and works by Shakespeare are among those that have been banned over the past two thousand years.The book was banned from the library of Trinity College, Cambridge, where Darwin had been a student.
He persuaded the artists themselves to bring their works—including drawings of nudes—to the bonfires.
Despite objections by illustrious figures such as George Bernard Shaw (in 1909), this power remained with the Lord Chamberlain until 1968.
1859: Charles Darwin’s was published, outlining the theory of evolution.
1616–42: Galileo’s theories about the solar system and his support of the discoveries of Copernicus were condemned by the Catholic Church.
Under threat of torture, and sentenced to jail at the age of 70, the great scientist was forced to renounce what he knew to be true.