Robert Cormier

1925-2000

"Do I dare disturb the universe?"
--Andrew Marvell

Censorship resources:

  • Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints, edited by Nicholas J. Karolides, Lee Burress, & John M. Kean (Scarecrow Press, 1993): "'They Tell You to Do Your Own Thing, But They Don't Mean It.': Censorship and The Chocolate War" by Zibby Oneal (pp. 179-184)

  • Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Young Adults (American Library Association, 1996): discusses The Chocolate War (pp. 19-23)

  • Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds by Dawn B. Sova (Facts on File, 1998): discusses The Chocolate War (pp. 72-75)

  • Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds by Nicholas J. Karolides (Facts on File, 1998): discusses I Am the Cheese (pp. 218-227)

  • Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries by Herbert N. Foerstel (Greenwood Press, 1994): discusses The Chocolate War (pp. 154-157

 

Robert Cormier is best-known for his controversial 1974 novel The Chocolate War.  
Now considered a YA classic, The Chocolate War and other books by Cormier have been contested in censorship battles over school reading lists.  See Random House's introduction and overview of the book, along with a list of other books by Cormier in Laurel Leaf editions.  

The novel opens with the striking sentence, "They murdered him."  That's on the football field.  But as the novel unfolds, we see the groups in this private Catholic boys' school align themselves against Jerry until peer pressure will very nearly murder him in actuality.

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There are a number of interviews and brief biographies of Cormier on the Web.  Some links include:

Sites for teachers:

Critical Sources:

Books by Robert Cormier:

1960
1963
1965
1974
1977
1979
1980
1983
1985
1988
1990
1991
1992
1994
1995
1997
1999
2000
2001

  Now and at the Hour
A Little Raw on Monday Mornings
Take Me Where the Good Times Are
The Chocolate War
I Am the Cheese
After the First Death
Eight Plus One
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Beyond the Chocolate War
Fade
Other Bells for Us to Ring
We All Fall Down
Tunes for Bears to Dance To
I Have Words to Spend
In the Middle of the Night
Tenderness
Frenchtown Summer
Heroes
The Rag and Bone Shop

 

Page compiled by A. L. Trupe, 19 June 2002