Girls Lean Back Everywhere

| April 12, 2011

Title: Girls lean back everywhere : the law of obscenity and the assault on genius
Author: Edward de Grazia
Production: New York : Vintage Books, 1993
Check It OutKF4775 .D44 1993


From the Publisher: De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship–from the jailing of Emile Zola’s English publisher through the supression of Joyce’s Ulysses, down to recent attempts to obstruct works by Miller, Burroughs, Nabokov, and Mapplethorpe.


“A thoughtful, comprehensive and insightful analysis of our society’s struggle toward maturity, wisdom and tolerance. It captures the spirit of the judicial decisions, the bitter controversies, and the extraordinary characters whose lives are intertwined with the evolution of our legal and cultural mores.” –Geoffrey R. Stone, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

About the Author: Edward de Grazia has been a First Amendment advocate and expert on constitutional law for nearly 40 years. De Grazia, originally from Chicago, has litigated censorship cases at all levels. Some of the works that de Grazia has argued on behalf of include Aristophanes’ play “Lysistrata,” Henry Miller’s novel Tropic of Cancer and novelist William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. He also once represented comedian Lenny Bruce in a Section 1983 civil rights action. He retired in 2006 from Yeshiva University, where he had been a founding faculty member of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a prolific playwright and also the author of Girls Lean Back Everywhere (1992) as well as a casebook on obscenity law.

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