Following the ‘not guilty’ verdict, which was delivered on 2 November 1960, bookshops were overwhelmed by demand for the novel. Two hundred thousand copies were sold on the first day of publication, 10 November, and two million were sold within the first year.
The verdict broke the back of literary censorship in the UK and ushered in the increasingly liberal legal framework of the 1960s.
See also 20 October: ‘I put my feet up on the desk and start reading. If I get an erection, we prosecute.’
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