De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship—from the jailing of Emile Zola’s English publisher through the suppression of Joyce’s Ulysses, down to recent attempts to obstruct works by Miller, Burroughs, Nabokov, and Mapplethorpe.
About Edward DeGrazia
Edward de Grazia (1927–2013) was a defense attorney specializing in First Amendment rights, literary censorship, and cases of “obscenity.” De Grazia defended Grove Press v. Gerstein, William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, and the Swedish book I Am Curious (Yellow).
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