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he had been discouraged to discover that many pupils studied no British novels for their GCSE course.
But debate on the changes has focused on the loss of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Of Mice and Men," which several generations of Britons remember mostly fondly from their schooldays.
Some educators fear that could lead to the narrowing of British minds.
The education department says the guidelines represent the minimum students are required to learn, and that those who read more widely and internationally will do better on the exams. It also says pupils are required to study "seminal world literature" including American classics between the ages of 11 and 14.
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"I have not banned anything," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph. "All we are doing is asking exam boards to broaden not narrow the books young people study for GCSE."
The 19th century novels on offer include Dickens' "Great Expectations," Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."
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Few commentators had anything negative to say about Lee's beloved tale of a girl learning about racism and justice in the American South. Outraged fans of the book even got the hashtag "Mockingbird" trending on Twitter after Gove's changes were announced.
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This is not the first time Gove, who has been education secretary in Britain's Conservative led government since 2010, has faced strong opposition to his plans. His overhaul of primary education was called "neo Victorian" by a Cambridge University professor, and his proposal to make history lessons more British in focus was condemned by many academics.
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Carey said he sympathized with Gove's efforts to get students reading literary classics, but regretted the loss of the two American books.
"Michael Gove wants everybody studying traditional literature, and he wants it to be British," said Bethan Marshall, chair of the National Association for the Teaching of English. "I think that's a bit of a mistake."
The purge of Americans and others is the product though not, the government says, the goal of an attempt to make the school curriculum more rigorous.
5, 2010 file photo, Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove listens to applause after delivering a keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, England. Britain's education minister insists he has not killed a mockingbird, but many literature lovers don't believe him. Education Secretary Michael Gove has sparked a furor with his campaign to put the basics and Britishness back into schools. Longtime favorites like John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" are off the syllabus and critics say that could lead to the narrowing of British minds.
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"The idea of cutting out American books because they are not British is crazy," said John Carey, a literary critic and emeritus professor at Oxford University.
Gone are Lee, Steinbeck, Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" and the autobiography of Maya Angelou, who died this week.
Critics of the new English rules say they will have a restrictive, rather than broadening, effect.
"I think there are so many riches in the last century's literature in these islands that all pupils should have some acquaintance with it," Bate said.
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