Banned Books Week 2012 Finale

Lawrence Ferlinghetti in front of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.

Well, Banned Books Week 2012 has officially come to a close. In honor of its 30th successful year, I thought I’d leave you with this gem to remember it by until 2013: John Waters reads very steamy scene from Lady Chatterley’s Lover at City Lights Books.

John Waters “is currently working on a new book, Carsick, in which he recounts the trip he took this past spring, hitchhiking across country.”

D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover was first published in 1928. “The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated edition could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960. (A private edition was issued by Inky Stephensen’s Mandrake Press in 1929.) The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words.”


You can read more about City Lights’ Banned Books Project here.


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