aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Sixty year ago, things sure were different

Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber, published in 1944, was banned in Massachusetts for obscenity in 1946. The state's attorney general, George Rowell, said that bookstores that carried the historical novel were liable for criminal prosecution because the book contained 70 references to sexual intercourse, 10 descriptions of women undressing in the presence of men, and 13 references ridiculing marriage.

Being banned helped the book sell over two million copies.

I'm sure if George came back to life in the United States today he would keel over from a heart attack in less than 24 hours.

If you ever get a chance, read Forever Amber. It's very well written. The character kind of reminds me of Scarlet O'Hara. She loves one man and has a series of relationships for more practical reasons.

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