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JOHN SUTHERLAND
Offensive Literature:
Decensorship in Briatin 1960-1982


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Junction, London, 1982
price: 5.95; 208 pages


The blurb on the back:

The 1960s and 1970s in Britain were, notoriously, the 'permissive' years. And the most important practical effect of permissiveness was undoubtedly the gradual relaxation of controls on obscenity: both verbal and pictorial. Now there are clear signs that the force of liberalisation is spent. Toryism is uniting with radical feminism to swing the pendulum back again.
In other words, permissive Britain is already history, and its annals may be written. This book is the first to attempt the task. It looks back at the main episodes in Britain's 'decensorship':
Lady Chatterley, Fanny Hill, Oh! Calcutta!, Linda Lovelace, OZ, the Williams Report, and the rest.
This is a vivid, crisply written evocation of a phase in British public life that will arouse nostalgia, amusement, indignation and regret in readers. The conflicts seemed heroic, but there were also major ironies. Above all, the well-intentioned defenders of
Lady Chatterley's Lover in the courts bear some responsibility for the 'sex-ghetto' of modern Soho.
John Sutherland is Reader in English at University College, London, and the author of
Bestsellers and Fiction and the Fiction Industry.


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