Tuesday, 28 December 2010


ISBN-10: 0-517-175355
Writers: Eberhard and Phyllis Kronhausen
Τitle: Pornography and the Law
Subtitle: The Psychology of Erotic Realism and Pornography
Foreword: J. W. Ehrlich
Introduction: Theodor Reik
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: Bell Publishing Company
Year of Publication: MCMLIX
Format: 140x210mm
Pages: 335; Bibliography, 311; Index, 324
Jacket Design: Doug Anderson
Binding: Boards in colour dust jacket
Weight: 454gr.
Entry No.: 2009065
Entry Date: 30th November 2009


Pornography and the Law
is the classic in the field of erotic literature and its effect on American society. It was present in many courtrooms, used in many obscenity cases by both prosecution and defense. Trial judges have been known to read portions of it to instruct the jury, and the Danish Ministry of Justice informed the Kronhausens that their book had been instrumental in bringing about the abolition of censorship in Denmark.

The Kronhausens presented the classic obscenity cases and used extended, unexpurgated passages from such “questionable works” as the writings of Ovid, Aretino and Casanova, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, My Life and Loves by Frank Harris, Mark Twain’s 1601, Memoirs of Hecate County, and The Tropic of Cancer. In addition, they delved into the psychosexual implications of sadism and masochism, homosexuality, masturbatory fantasies, stag movies, flagellation, and voyeurism.

Although times and standards have changed, Pornography and the Law is still an important and classic work in its field. This revised edition of a long-out-of-print work includes not only the entire, original text but a completely new chapter bringing it up-to-date to today’s new standards.

With the same openness and ubiased research, the Kronhausens discuss the “New Morality” of Denmark and Sweden. They take an in-depth look at censorship in Russia, Japan and China. And they discuss the questions raised today by such works as The Devil and Miss Jones, Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door. “Porno Stars” Darby Lloyd Rains and Marc Stevens tell how they feel about their work and their changed standing within the community.

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