Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock
Anthony Comstock was America’s first professional censor. From 1873 to 1915, as Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, Comstock led a crusade against lasciviousness, salaciousness, and obscenity that resulted in the confiscation and incineration of more than three million pictures, postcards, and books he judged to be obscene. But as Amy Werbel shows in this rich cultural and social history, Comstock’s campaign to rid America of vice in fact led to greater acceptance of the materials he deemed objectionable, offering a revealing tale about the unintended consequences of censorship.
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An exploration into the life and work of Anthony Comstock, famous or infamous for his work in suppressing vice, and compelling Americans to talk about the differences between art and pornography and ... Read full review
Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony ComstockUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Werbel (Thomas Eakins), an associate art history professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, undertakes an insightful and entertaining critical examination of the prominent American censor ... Read full review