Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Law - 814 pages
De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship--from the jailing of Emile Zola's English publisher through the suppression of Joyce's Ulysses, down to recent attempts to obstruct works by Miller, Burroughs, Nabokov, and Mapplethorpe.

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User Review  - Bill_Peschel - LibraryThing

Full of fascinating information about obscenity laws, pointing out how they're inconsistently (and sometimes illegally) applied, and how authors and publishers fought back and sometimes lost. Well worth the time to read. Read full review

GIRLS LEAN BACK EVERYWHERE: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius

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A verbose and sprawling, yet well-researched and compelling, narrative history of how literary iconoclasts have run afoul of censors in America. For more than 80 years, beginning with the so-called ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Edward de Grazia (1927-2013) was a defense attorney specializing in First Amendment rights, literary censorship, and cases of "obscenity." De Grazia defended Grove Press v. Gerstein, William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch, and the Swedish book I Am Curious (Yellow).

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