PURTTY IN PRINT by Paul S. Boyer


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This is a history of that other Comstock lode, and while a great deal has been written about various aspects of book censorship. Professor Boyer (University of Massachusetts) consolidates and on occasion evaluates most of the institutions, and individuals, who watched and warded over literary indelicacies from the late nineteenth century to the mid-thirties. Hardly a soul is now alive who will remember the longer than Three Weeks furor over Elinor Glyn's ephemera; many will be much more familiar (most recently Charles Rembar's The End of Obscenity--p. J78) with the crowbar cases and benchmark decisions over Jurgen, Lady Chatterley and ulysses. In between--all kinds of minor fracases; after all, George Bernard Shaw was once called a ""foreign writer of filth."" Professor Boyer reviews a great many incidents; the activities of some of the major freedom fighters as well as the derriere garde forces; and enlivens what has always been a lively issue with a frequently stylish turn of hrase. Perhaps more of an institutional than popular readership since much of this necessarily takes place within the confines of the book industry and the work has been carefully researched throughout.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1968
Publisher: Scribners