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Prudes on the ProwlFiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day$
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David Bradshaw and Rachel Potter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199697564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697564.001.0001

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American Beastliness, the Great Purge and its Aftermath (1946–1959)

American Beastliness, the Great Purge and its Aftermath (1946–1959)

(p.138) 7 American Beastliness, the Great Purge and its Aftermath (1946–1959)
Prudes on the Prowl

David Bradshaw

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the period leading up to the passage of the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. It considers fears of the Americanization of British culture culminating in the purge of 1954, when the scale and intensity of anti-obscenity proceedings reached a peak for the period covered by this book. It also describes key moments of dispute around the publication of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.

Keywords:   Obscene Publications Act 1959, Americanization of British culture, purge of 1954, Naked and the Dead, Lolita

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