'Invisible Man' ban lifted by NC school system

September 26, 2013 11:55:08 AM PDT
A North Carolina school board has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," returning it to local high school libraries.

The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro reports the Randolph County Board of Education voted 6-1 Wednesday to reverse the ban it issued 10 days ago. The board voted 5-2 on Sept. 16 to pull the book from the library shelves.

The initial decision came in reaction to a complaint from the mother of a Randleman High School student who said the book was "too much for teenagers." The mother specifically objected to the book's language and sexual content.

"Invisible Man" is a first-person narrative by a black man who considers himself socially invisible. It was originally published in 1952. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953.

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