Dirty book  

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Frontispiece of "Pernicious Literature" (1889)
Frontispiece of "Pernicious Literature" (1889)

"Writing d.b.'s was generally considered a useful professional exercise, as well as a necessary participation in the common fight against the Square World — an act of duty. What the Square World exactly was, nobody could have explained with any precision: but the notion was very strong, indeed; and it was not the usual routine of a new generation picking a quarrel with the old, it was a much stronger and deeper protest; not a protest against war or hunger, or against the bomb, but beyond that, a protest against the mental weakness, the poverty of spirit, and the general lack of genius and generosity of a rich and sclerotic society" --Maurice Girodias, The Olympia Reader (Grove Press, New York, 1965).

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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A dirty book is a euphemism and dysphemism for erotic or pornographic literature. In 1966, Time Magazine called Valley of the Dolls "Dirty Book of the Month".

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See dirty, book and pornographic magazine

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