The news is coming fast and furious, especially when its concerns the dealings of former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The human controversy machine resigned from his post as Breitbart news editor, a move that came on the heels of the The Reagan Battalion publishing a video where Yiannopoulos makes light of pedophilia. That video prompted Simon & Schuster, the publisher that was scheduled to publish Yiannopoulos' book Dangerous in March, to drop their client and fast.
In the weeks leading up to The Reagan Battalion leak, the literary world was making its distaste for Yiannopoulos public. Roxane Gay, who yanked her book How To Be Heard from Simon & Schuster following the initial news of Yiannopoulos' book deal, commented on the most recent update on her Tumblr:
Believe it or not, there's a tumultuous history of canceled, pulled, or destroyed books. They tell many a cautionary tale.
2'How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life' by Kaavya Viswanathan
This YA novel, written by a Harvard student who received a $500,000 book deal, was pulled (all copies were destroyed) after its publication, when it was revealed that Viswanathan had plagiarized the work of Megan McCafferty. In an article in Slate, Ann Hulbert wrote: