Future copies of the book faced being banned from sale. Fortunately for lovers of steamy romance books, Penguin won the case, which helped them sell three million copies and make the book popular across the world! Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
Share via Email Photograph: But of all its trials — for murder and mayhem, for treason and sedition — none has had such profound social and political consequences as the trial in of Penguin Books for publishing Lady Chatterley's Lover. The verdict was a crucial step towards the freedom of the written word, at least for works of literary merit works of no literary merit were not safe until the trial of Oz inand works of demerit had to await the acquittal of Inside Linda Lovelace in But the Chatterley trial marked the first symbolic moral battle between the humanitarian force of English liberalism and the dead hand of those described by George Orwell as "the striped-trousered ones who rule", a battle joined in the s on issues crucial to human rights, including the legalisation of homosexuality and abortion, abolition of the death penalty and of theatre censorship, and reform of the divorce laws.
The acquittal of Lady Chatterley was the first sign that victory was achievable, and with the guidance of the book's great defender, Gerald Gardiner QC Labour lord chancellor —70victory was, in due course, achieved. There is a myth that freedom of speech has been safely protected in England by the jury.
This is almost precisely the opposite of the truth. Old Bailey juries comprised until solely of property owners usually did what they were told by judges, and convicted. Untilthe publisher of a book that contained any "purple passage" that might have a "tendency to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences" was liable to imprisonment.
Literary standards were set at what was deemed acceptable reading for year-old schoolgirls — whether or not they could, or would want to, read it. Merit was no defence: He said this would "induce thoughts of a most impure character and would glorify the horrible tendency of lesbianism"; the prosecution had Rudyard Kipling attend the court, in case the magistrate needed a literary expert to persuade him to "keep the Empire pure".
Censorship of sexual references in literature was pervasive in England in the s there was a brief respite for James Joyce's Ulysses when a sumptuously bound copy was found among the papers of a deceased lord chancellor. In the s police seized copies of the Kinsey report and prosecuted four major publishers for works of modern fiction — three were convicted.
In this period, books by Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Cyril Connolly and others were available only to those English readers who could afford to travel to Paris to purchase them.
Inpersuaded by the Society of Authors, parliament passed a new Obscene Publications Act with a preamble that promised "to provide for the protection of literature and to strengthen the law concerning pornography". The distinction was to prove elusive, certainly to the attorney general, Reginald Manningham-Buller.
In August he read the first four chapters of Lady Chatterley's Lover on the boat train to Southampton and wrote to the director of public prosecutions approving the prosecution of Penguin Books "I hope you get a conviction".
This, the DPP's files reveal, was what the upper-middle-class male lawyers and politicians of the time refused to tolerate. The choice of Lady Chatterley as a test-case was inept, but it suited the anti-intellectual temper of the legal establishment and it would mean the defeat of an impeccably liberal cause.
Besides, DH Lawrence had form. Back in all copies of The Rainbow had been seized by police and burned as much for its anti-war message as for its openness about sex.
Inpolice threatened the publisher Martin Secker with prosecution unless it removed 13 pages from Pansies, a book of Lawrence's poems.
The publisher complied, but sent all its unexpurgated copies abroad. The following year police raided an exhibition of Lawrence's paintings and seized every canvas on which they could descry any wisp of pubic hair.
For the next 30 years British customs erected a cordon sanitaire to keep out smuggled copies of Lady Chatterley, which by this time was being published in France and Italy.
So Lawrence was entrenched in prudish English minds as the filthy fifth columnist, an enemy much more dangerous than predictably dirty foreigners such as De Sade or Nabokov whose banned Lolita would have been a more sensible target.
With parochial arrogance, the prosecuting authorities ignored the New York court of appeal, which in had overturned a ban on Lady Chatterley because it was written with "a power and tenderness which was compelling" and which justified its use of four-letter Anglo-Saxon words.
Those words were a red rag to Manningham-Buller and the "grey elderly ones" as Lawrence had described his censorsa breach of the etiquette and decorum relied on to cover up unpleasant truths. Inin the interests of keeping wives dutiful and servants touching their forelocks, Lady Constance Chatterley's affair with a gamekeeper was unmentionable.
The prosecutors were complacent:Lady Chatterley’s Lover was on my list ever since I had heard in my literature class that it was banned immediately after it was published. I picked up this novel precisely to comprehend what could have evoked its ban and keeping in view the era in which it was written, I can say that the thoughts and ideas were path breaking and therefore /5().
Though this maybe looked at as the book that bought sex writing to the masses, 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' delivers more than just the oohs and aahs of an elicit love affair, it can also be seen as a parable of post-war England, and the steady rise in modernism/5.
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H. Lawrence written in The publication of the book caused a scandal due to its explicit sex scenes, including previously banned four-letter words, and perhaps particularly because the lovers were a working-class male and an aristocratic female/5(5).
He published Lady Chatterley’s Lover () himself and quickly made a decent amount from it; but it was soon being pirated, especially once it was banned. This angered him almost as much as the ban itself, which was after all to be expected given the nature of the book.
The acquittal of Lady Chatterley was the first sign that victory was achievable, and with the guidance of the book's great defender, Gerald Gardiner QC (Labour lord chancellor –70), victory.