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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Bliss Cua Lim looks at how the female ghost subgenre illuminates efforts to globalise ‘Asian horror’
David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history
Sabrina Huck argues that a generational shift away from the Conservative Party can’t be taken for granted
Tina Ngata explains the social and legal legacies of a 15th-century Christian principle that paved the way for imperial violence in, and far beyond, New Zealand
Claudia Rankine's collection perfectly illustrates the power of frank conversations with white people on race and racism, writes Kimberly McIntosh
Voter suppression and systematic exclusion cast a pall over the world's biggest 'democracy', writes Kavita Krishnan
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