Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ Becomes Amazon’s Bestseller After Being Banned From Tennessee School


After being banned from classrooms by a school in the US state of Tennessee, the graphic novel “Maus” became an Amazon bestseller. “The Complete Maus,” written by Art Spiegelman, took the No. 1 spot among Amazon’s bestsellers in the fictional satire, comic book and graphic novel categories on Friday. In the general place of all books, CNBC reported. “The Complete Maus” reached number seven in all books. The 1992 Pulitzer-winning graphic novel ‘Maus’ tells the story of how the author’s parents survived Nazi death camps, the mass murder of other Jews and the suicide of his wife. mother years later.

On January 10, the McMinn County Board of Directors announced that they had decided to remove “Maus” because they found a handful of swear words and other aspects of “Maus” that they found upsetting. The ban has led to an increase in demand for the book on Amazon and some people are even making efforts to make the book more accessible to readers. One, Professor Scott Denham of Davidson College in North Carolina, is offering McMinn County eighth grade and high school students an online course on “Maus.” According to CNBC’s report, he has taught Spiegelman’s books many times in his Holocaust classes over the years.

The author “reinforced” by the readers’ response

The book’s author, Spiegelman, said CNBC in an email that he was “encouraged” by readers’ responses and the local responses to the book revealed by them. He insisted that the school board could have checked before banning the book. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin outlawed the Russian edition of Maus in 2015 and the small publisher immediately sold out and had to reprint several times. Spiegelman told CNBC that his conference agent is trying to organize a Zoom event for the McMinn area where he will answer questions about Maus with locals in the coming weeks.

Tennessee school removes novel from eighth-grade curriculum

Ten members of the McMinn County school board unanimously agreed to remove the novel from the eighth-grade curriculum, citing its use of curse words and illustrations of “naked photos” of women, The Guardian reported. The school’s director of education, Lee Parkison, said there was crude and offensive language used in this book. Parkison further added that before the book was banned, they consulted with the lawyer and believed the best approach to rectify or deal with the contents of this book was to “redact” it.


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