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|Named Person:||Lenny Bruce; Ephraim London; Henry Miller; Samuel Spewack; Bella Cohen Spewack|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
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|Description:||5.5 linear ft. (11 archival document boxes)|
Beyond these two major cases, London's papers include records from his own research into legal and philosophical questions of obscenity and free speech. There are also files detailing his work on film censorship for Embassy Pictures during the early 1960s. At the time, local boards could request edits and prohibit movies from being shown in their jurisdiction. It was London's job to get the films - often the work of famed European auteurs - screened as they had been intended. Among other things, the correspondence here tracks a running, and increasingly exasperated, dialogue between the attorney and Kitty McMahon, of the Kansas State Board of Review, who always demanded the highest standards of cinematic decorum for her constituency.
Another aspect of London's career is also well represented in this collection. For years, he worked as an attorney for Simon and Schuster, the publishing company. Through correspondence, financial statements, meeting minutes, and distribution and sales contracts, his papers offer insights into the company's business practices during the 1950s and 1960s. Simon and Schuster's negotiations with other publishers, especially Pocket Books and Little Golden, are included in these papers. London was also responsible for vetting individual books for possible instances of libel, and handling any legal issues that arose after publication.
Records from other facets of London's work are absent from this collection. There is little here about his defense of Fifth Amendment cases. None of his personal writings, and few of the articles that he penned during his career, are present. The Lenny Bruce and "Tropic of Cancer" cases are well documented, but London's other major censorship cases are not represented.
- Bruce, Lenny.
- London, Ephraim.
- Miller, Henry, -- 1891-1980.
- Spewack, Samuel, -- 1899-1971.
- Spewack, Bella Cohen, -- 1899-1990.
- Grove Press.
- Simon and Schuster, inc.
- Censorship -- United States.
- Freedom of speech -- United States.
- Law in literature.
- Obscenity (Law) -- United States.
- Trials (Obscenity) -- United States.