Love and Death: A Study in Censorship  

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"The bitch-heroine speaks in a loud tone, moves with a firm stride; one hand always on the reins, the other ever-ready with the whip. She wants what she wants when she wants it, yes and by God she is going to get it ..."--Love and Death: A Study in Censorship

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Love and Death: A Study in Censorship is a literary study by Gershon Legman, an attack on sexual censorship first published in New York by Breaking Point in 1949.

Legman's demonstrates how in early 20th century culture murder, sex-hatred and sadism is more acceptable than sex. It's a piece of pamphleteering, written in the author's distinctively aggressive style and displaying the erudition for which he is so well known. His thesis was very much in tune with the later "make love not war" discourse.

It was a mock attack against popular culture in the style of the future Seduction of the Innocent (1954).

Chapters are "Institutionalized Lynch," "Not for Children," "Avatars of the Bitch," and "Open Season on Women."

95 pages.





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