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Lust on trial : censorship and the rise of American obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock

Author: Amy Beth Werbel
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Werbel, Amy Beth.
Lust on trial.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017042441
(OCoLC)1006517300
Named Person: Anthony Comstock; Anthony Comstock
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Beth Werbel
ISBN: 9780231547031 023154703X 0231175221 9780231175227
OCLC Number: 1007499221
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Anthony Comstock, from Canaan to Gotham --
Onward Christian soldiers: creating the industry and infrastructure of American vice suppression --
Taming America's "rich" and "racy" underbelly (volume I: 1871-1884) --
Artists, libertarians, and lawyers unite: the rise of the resistance (volume II: 1884-1895) --
New women, new technology, and the demise of Comstockery (volume III: 1895-1915) --
Conclusion: post mortem.
Responsibility: Amy Werbel.
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Amy Werbel provides a colorful journey through professional censor Anthony Comstock's career that doubles as a history of post-Civil War America's risque visual and sexual culture. Lust on Trial  Read more...

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Intensely researched and thought-provoking work. -- Christine Schultz-Richert, University of Alabama * Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy * In this meticulously researched study, Amy Werbel Read more...

 
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