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The trials of Portnoy : how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system, Patrick Mullins

Label
The trials of Portnoy : how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system
Title
The trials of Portnoy
Title remainder
how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Mullins
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fifty years after the event, here is the first full account of an audacious publishing decision that with the help of booksellers and readers around the country, forced the end of literary censorship in Australia. For more than seventy years, a succession of politicians, judges, and government officials in Australia worked in the shadows to enforce one of the most pervasive and conservative regimes of censorship in the world. The goal was simple: to keep Australia free of the moral contamination of impure literature. Under the censorship regime, books that might damage the morals of the Australian public were banned, seized, and burned; bookstores were raided; publishers were fined; and writers were charged and even jailed. But in the 1970s, that all changed. In 1970, in great secrecy and at considerable risk, Penguin Books Australia resolved to publish Portnoy?s Complaint, Philip Roth?s frank, funny, and profane bestseller about a boy hung up about his mother and his penis. In doing so, Penguin spurred a direct confrontation with the censorship authorities, which culminated in criminal charges, police raids, and an unprecedented series of court trials across the country. Sweeping from the cabinet room to the courtroom, The Trials of Portnoy draws on archival records and new interviews to show how Penguin and a band of writers, booksellers, academics, and lawyers determinedly sought for Australians the freedom to read what they wished and how, in defeating the forces arrayed before them, they reshaped Australian literature and culture forever
Cataloging source
VHEI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1988-
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Mullins, Patrick
Dewey number
363.31
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roth, Philip
  • Penguin Books Australia Ltd
  • Challenged books
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Trials (Obscenity)
  • Obscenity (Law)
  • Censorship
  • Prohibited books
  • Literature and morals
  • Australia
Label
The trials of Portnoy : how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system, Patrick Mullins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000067178247
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925849448
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1144100976
Label
The trials of Portnoy : how Penguin brought down Australia's censorship system, Patrick Mullins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000067178247
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925849448
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, facsimiles, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1144100976

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