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Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius

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From Ulysses and Lolita to Lenny Bruce and 2 Live Crew, defense attorney de Grazia weaves provocative and sometimes appalling case histories into an incisive look at obscenity: what it is, who defines it, and whether it is possible to ban even its most troubling instances without unraveling the fabric of democracy.
Paperback, 832 pages
Published March 2nd 1993 by Vintage
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Corinne
While this is an excellent book on the history of free speech and literary censorship, I was very troubled by the fact that nowhere in this lengthy publication were there any citations to or discussions of the psychological ramifications of pornography, or the psychological make-up of pedophiles. Omitting that entire segment of study and societal impact in an otherwise thorough discussion of this subject is surprising -- and troubling.
Tracey
Life's too short to read stuff you don't like.... which is why I finally abandoned this book.

I got thru Chapter 15 (page 294) by strength of will. It just didn't work for me - I'm not that interested in law -- and it goes into what I considered excruciating detail about the cases. So back to the library it went.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
You just have to read this... you'll understand!!
Kurt
I took a first amendment class with Prof. De Grazia at Cardozo Law and that was the best class I've ever taken. This was the text book and I highly recommend it. De Grazia was the attorney who got Henry Miller and William Burroughs published here. He's a genius. I got an A+ in that class by the way - lol.
Bill Peschel
Full of fascinating information about obscenity laws, pointing out how they're inconsistently (and sometimes illegally) applied, and how authors and publishers fought back and sometimes lost. Well worth the time to read.
Susanne
I can't right now. I was fascinated, I do remember that.
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