Wednesday, November 2, 1960: 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'

A London jury finds that D.H. Lawrence's book is not obscene. The novel, notorious for its sexual passages and four-letter words, had been banned in England since it was first published in 1928; the trial was a high-profile test of England's recently enacted Obscene Publications Act. A week after the verdict, the novel quickly sells out across the country when it reaches bookstores.

* Trial summaries: @ and @ and @
* "Trial and Eros" (from The American Scholar): @
* Excerpt from "Bound and Gagged: A Secret History of Obscenity in Britain": @
* Text of Obscene Publications Act 1959: @
* More from The Times newspaper: @
* Read the book: @

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