Skip to comments.Richard H. Hoggart, 95, ‘Chatterley’ Defender, Dies
Posted on 04/24/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT by Borges
Richard H. Hoggart, a pioneering British cultural historian who was most widely known outside academia as the star witness for Lady Chatterleys Lover in a 1960 trial that ended British censorship of that novel, died on April 10 in London. He was 95.
His death, at a nursing home, was announced by Goldsmiths College of the University of London, where Professor Hoggart was the warden, or provost, from 1976 until his retirement in 1984.
Professor Hoggart was a senior lecturer in English literature and the author of a seminal analysis of changes in working-class culture in England when he was summoned to testify in a London courtroom in defense of Penguin Books. It had been charged with violating British obscenity laws by printing 10,000 unexpurgated copies of Lady Chatterleys Lover, D. H. Lawrences last novel.
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I have read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and I don’t remember it really being all that racy.
I thought the exact same thing!
“”The Warren Court (19531969) expanded civil liberties and in Memoirs v. Massachusetts and other cases curtailed the ability of municipalities to regulate the content of literature, plays, and movies. The last major literary censorship battle in the U.S. was fought over Naked Lunch, which was banned in Boston in 1965””
People don’t realize how straight laced American culture used to be.
My father was stationed at the Pentagon from 1959-63. Years later, he told me that at that time a Xeroxed copy of Fanny Hill in a manila envelope was making its way around there. Hush hush.
Ironic considering everyone there knew JFK was screwing anything he could get into a prone position. JFK’s helicopter pilot lived across the street from us in Woodbridge, VA at that time. Interesting what later happened to that poor bastard. Doesn’t pay to see too much.
No it doesn't.
It said the C word. Constance had an affair with a man “below stairs” so to speak.
Racy stuff for the day. As it was explained to me, classes would never mix like that.
Oh yes, it also used the p word to describe a certain male anatomy part that wasn’t in an anatomy book.
It was during the time if Lorena Bobbit when the P word was all over the news, so no one was excited over Melllors
I had a Prof for a class on Lawrence. He tried to explain 1920s morals to a class of 1980s undergraduates.
Yes. Just think of the stink they made about Molly Bloom
Ah yes, below stairs. I should read it again, now that I’ve seen Downton Abbey. LOL!
I’m still behind on the last season......shhhh....no spoilers.....