The novella has been banned from various US public and school libraries or curricula for allegedly "promoting euthanasia ", "condoning racial slurs", being "anti-business", containing profanity, and generally containing "vulgar" and "offensive language".  Many of the bans and restrictions have been lifted and it remains required reading in many other American, Australian, Irish, British, New Zealand and Canadian high schools. As a result of being a frequent target of censors, Of Mice and Men appears on the American Library Association 's list of the Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century (number 4).  In the UK, it was listed at number 52 of the "nation's best loved novel" on the BBC 's 2003 survey The Big Read .  Of Mice and Men has been challenged 54 times since it was published in 1936.  However, scholars like Thomas Scarseth have fought to protect the book by citing its literary value. According to Scarseth "in true great literature the pain of Life is transmuted into the beauty of Art",.