The art of playing with words and finding an impressive way of saying things, sometimes even the obvious and common ones, truly is a talent, but what makes a good writer is, in fact, raw new idea. Or at least fresh point of view. Throughout the history, there were plenty of brave enough writers to come up with controversial ideas and write them down, causing the public to react differently.

These controversial books either analyzed and presented some controversial topics, such as racism and violence or used too many swearwords to picture the story or came up with imaginary stories that turned out to be solid predictions, usually not positive ones. There is no such a thing as a definite list of the most controversial books of all time, but here are just some of them that cause significant turbulences or still do.

Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

Brave New World, famous book written by Aldous Huxley, caused serious reactions among various types of readers, including several official attempts of banning it. The book pictures imaginary future world dominated by science and technology, but the troubling parts include sexuality, suicide, and drug abuse.


Similar to Orwell’s “1984”, the book dealing with the imaginary future world, characterized by lack of freedom, excessive censorship and government control, both Huxley and Orwell present potential future that frightens too many readers.


Half a century ago, Vladimir Nabokov wrote Lolita and triggered waves of controversial reactions. The book is describing middle-age professor and his obsession with 12-year-old Dolores (nicknamed Lolita), with whom he interferes sexually throughout the book, was banned in several countries but created quite of a cult in literature.


Furious reactions coming from the government were quite expected regarding Powell’s book “The Anarchist Cookbook,” but the mere content and the effects of its publishing truly are controversial. Namely, as the protest reaction towards Vietnam War, William Powell wrote this manual with instructions on how to manufacture explosives, organize demonstrations, construct primitive but functional forms of telecommunications and many more features you could find rather useful when planning anarchy, for example. No wonder the book was widely banned, disputed and its validity argued.