Wednesday, 12 January 2011

THE SMUT PEDDLERS



Writer: James Jackson Kilpatrick
Τitle: The Smut Peddlers
Foreword: James Jackson Kilpatrick
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: Garden City, N.Y.
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1960
Format: 144x214mm
Pages: vi+323; index, 309
Binding: Hardbound in duotone dust jacket designed by George Maas
Original price: USD 4.50
Weight: 500gr.
Entry No.: 2008049
Entry Date: 10th November 2008

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Stag shows on film, delightfully different, sensationally thrilling… Too bashful to make a model your friend? I’d love to send you my real special pics and films… The book nobody dared to print!  Actual photos, dangerous art… Like them young? Our pretty young girls have gone all out to please… Hear the uninhibited candor of erotic love in high fidelity… Exotic and revealing photos of spanking… Personal products for married men only… Brutal Amazons, sadistic sorority girls… Hot sample photo FREE…

While defenders of the First Amendment litigate on behalf of Lady Chatterley, and defenders of juvenile morals purge Steinbeck and Hemingway from newsstands, pornography merchants from California to Copenhagen are flooding the mails with explicit offers like these. Their product is hard-core obscenity, and their market is a file of commercial mailing lists –unrefined and indiscriminate compilations that include adults, teen-agers, and even small children.

THE SMUT PEDDLERS is the story of the obscenity racket in twentieth-century America –how it operates, how it is being combined and why it continues to grow despite the best efforts of our Postal inspectors. It is also a fully documented, deeply thoughtful examination of the argument that compound the problem: Does the First Amendment guarantee freedom to the pornographer? Is censorship a reasonable function of government? Who is qualified to determine where “art” stops and “indecency” begins? Do private pressure groups have the right to “suggest” what publications a dealer should sell? Should we uphold unconditional freedom of the press at the cost of a little obscenity, or should we stamp it out at the cost of a little freedom?

Mr. Kilpatrick’s carefully balanced appraisal of all these questions, plus his own contribution toward the establishment of a practical solution to the problem, makes THE SMUT PEDDLERS an informative, constructive, and invaluable book for every parent, teacher, and responsible citizen in America today.

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