Monday, October 11, 2010

Lady Chatterly's Lover on Trial

We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the trial of Penguin Books for publishing Lady Chatterly's Lover. The trial, in late October and early November 1960, included testimony by writers, professors, ministers, and others. On November 4, the jury took just three hours to return a verdict of not guilty and the book sold briskly. This victory for the publisher "did not mark an immediate end of literary censorship in Britain" - but the climate changed soon after. Ben Yagoda recounts this historic trial in Trial and Eros, Am. Scholar, Autumn 2010.

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