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Lewd and Scandalous Books

decoration14 Jul. 2010|30 Sep. 2010

Books that were restricted or suppressed and circulated for more than two centuries in small numbers, in privately printed and clandestine editions. “With the exception of John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, the books chosen for the exhibition, are likely to be unfamiliar and, although the topics, are familiar — the sex-scandals and vices of the rich and famous — these works are likely to have lost their sting in a world where the public figures are no longer known and when a few keystrokes can unleash a flood of pornographic images. It is almost inevitable, then, that many of the ‘Lewd and Scandalous’ books of the eighteenth century will seem tame and restrained, even quaint and cute, to our eyes” (Patrick Spedding)

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14 Jul. 2010|30 Sep. 2010
Level 1, ISB wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus
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