The Great Offenders

The Great Offenders

Listed below are some of the texts and authors who have been found to be controversial during the course of history:

Addison and Steele

Agrippa d’Aubigne

Alberto Moravia

Alexandre Dumas (Père et Fils)

Andre Gide

Benedict Spinoza

Blaise Pascal


Daniel Defoe

David Hume

Denis Diderot

Edward Gibbon

Emile Zola


Ernest Renan

Ezra Pound

Francis Bacon

Gabriele d’Annunzio

Gustave Flaubert

Haydar Haydar

Henri Bergson

Honoré de Balzac

Immanuel Kant

James Joyce

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Paul Sartre

John Calvin

John Locke

John Milton

John Stuart Mill

La Fontaine

Laurence Sterne

Michel de Montaigne

Michel Houellebecq

Niccolo Machiavelli

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Peter Abelard


Philip Pullman

Philip Roth

Rene Descartes

Richard Wagner

Salman Rushdie

Samuel Richardson

Simone de Beauvoir

The Bible

The Koran

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hobbes

Tom Paine

Victor Hugo


William Shakespeare

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