Happy 50th Anniversary of the Lifting of the Lady Chatterley Ban!

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07/21/2009 1:53 PM |

8bb0/1248192162-wolcott-0908-01.jpgSexytimes are here again! Writing for the Times, Slate columnist Fred Kaplan, who has a new book out on 1959 and is pretty much cleaning up the golden anniversary remembrances racket, marks 50 years to the day since the US District Court ruled that Grove Press had the right to publish Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence, a book that had previously been banned under obscenity law.

Defending the book, the lawyer Charles Rembar successfully argued that to be qualified as smut it must be utterly without redeeming social importance. And then everybody bought the book.

Sexual intercourse began shortly thereafter.