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Bookleggers and smuthounds : the trade in erotica, 1920-1940

Author: Jay A Gertzman
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between the two world wars, at a time when both sexual repression and sexual curiosity were commonplace, New York was the center of the erotic literature trade in America. The market was large and contested, encompassing not just what might today be considered pornographic material but also sexually explicit fiction of authors such as James Joyce, Theodore Dreiser, and D. H. Lawrence; mail-order manuals; pulp  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gertzman, Jay A.
Bookleggers and smuthounds.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)654308439
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay A Gertzman
ISBN: 0812234936 9780812234930
OCLC Number: 40693792
Description: 418 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Traders in Prurience: Pariah Capitalists and Moral Entrepreneurs --
"Sex O'Clock in America": Who Bought What, Where, How, and Why --
"Hardworking American Daddy": John Saxton Sumner and the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice --
"Fifth Avenue Has No More Rights Than the Bowery": Taste and Class in Obscenity Legislation --
"Your Casanova Is Unmailable": Mail-Order Erotica and Postal Service Guardians of Public Morals --
The Two Worlds of Samuel Roth: Man of Letters and Entrepreneur of Erotica.
Responsibility: Jay A. Gertzman.

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"Between the two world wars, at a time when both sexual repression and sexual curiosity were commonplace, New York was the center of the erotic literature trade in America. The market was large and contested, encompassing not just what might today be considered pornographic material but also sexually explicit fiction of authors such as James Joyce, Theodore Dreiser, and D. H. Lawrence; mail-order manuals; pulp romances; and "little dirty comics."" "Bookleggers and Smuthounds vividly brings to life this significant chapter in American publishing history." "If the book is about individuals and the books they published, sold, or seized, it is equally about prurience: how it affects the mind, how it has been used to make judgments about proper and illicit behavior, and how it has been used to make laws."--BOOK JACKET.

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