After School Bans Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut Library Gives Copies for Free

Even after death, Kurt Vonnegut is circumventing the rules.

When the Republic High School in Missouri banned Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, two weeks ago, the late author’s memorial library sprung into it action: offering free copies to any of the 150 students who were originally meant to read the book in class.

The book — which deals with war, the World War II bombing of Dresden, fate and society through a science-fiction plot vehicle — was banned for creating false conceptions of American history and government or that teach principles contrary to Biblical morality and truth, according to a 2010 complaint in the Republic School District. Although the free copies were offered by the memorial library, the books will be paid for by an anonymous donor, according to a blog post by Julia Whitehead, the executive director of the Vonnegut library in Indianapolis, as reported by the News-Leader — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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