Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds

Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds

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Examines the history and issues surrounding more than one hundred works challenged for sexual content, including "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron, "Sex" by Madonna, and "Forever" by Judy Blume.

Book News
Sova (English, Montclair State University) examines the history and issues underlying the suppression of about 100 "sexually obscene" works. Entries offer publishing histories, summaries, and records of censorship. This revised edition includes 14 new entries on books that were published or began their censorship struggles after the first edition was published, including the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson. Updated entries reflect the latest censorship attempts in the US and abroad. Also included are a brief introduction highlighting watershed moments in the history of censorship in the US, biographical profiles of censored authors, and cross-references to works discussed in other volumes of the series. Readership for the series includes general readers and students in high school and up. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
When Leo Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata was banned from distribution through the mail (except for first class) in 1890, New York street vendors began selling it from pushcarts carrying large signs reading "Suppressed!" In 1961, the United States Supreme Court pondered whether D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was lewd or literary, but in 1969, the novel was required reading in many college literature courses. Changing sexual mores have moved many formerly forbidden books out of locked cabinets and into libraries and classrooms.

Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds, Revised Edition examines the issues underlying the suppression of more than 100 works deemed sexually obscene. The entries new to this edition include America by Jon Stewart, Sex by Madonna, The Buffalo Tree by Adam Rapp, and many more. Also included are updates to entries such as Forever by Judy Blume, and more.

New and updated entries include:
  • Alice on the Outside (Phyllis Naylor)
  • An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
  • The Arabian Nights (Sir Richard Burton, trans.)
  • The Art of Love (Ovid)
  • Forever (Judy Blume)
  • How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (Jenna Jameson)
  • It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Health (Robie Harris)
  • Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover (D.H. Lawrence)
  • Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
  • November (Gustave Flaubert)
  • Outlaw Representation (Richard Meyer)
  • Peyton Place (Grace Metalious)
  • Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
  • Sari Says (Sari Locker)
  • Shanghai Baby (Wei Hui)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (David Guterson)
  • Sophie's Choice (William Styron)
  • Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy (James T. Farrell)
  • La Terre (Emile Zola)
  • Ulysses (James Joyce)
  • The Wild Palms (William Faulkner)
  • Women on Top (Nancy Friday)
  • and more.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2006
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780816062720
Characteristics: xviii, 350 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Sexual grounds


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Jan 20, 2016

I would view the banning of these book by todays standards as discriminatory by content and race.


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