Your memories: I was working in Ipswich Central Library.At this time the national Library Service was waiting on the outcome of the court case.This sexual union became so famous that the lady and the gamekeeper have become a kind of joke or cliché in modern literary culture.
Demand for "Lady C" from library users meant many accusations of being "stuffy" and "old-fashioned were levelled at librarians, who had not been allowed a budget for so many copies of one book from their local authorities.
We’ve already seen a bit of bodice-ripping and the stringent divide between the classes in the BBC’s season of early 20th-century literature adaptations, what with the rather chaste Lady Chatterley’s Lover and last week’s An Inspector Calls.
More often the male lover has the class status, as in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela or Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre; frequently this common plot involves the pathos of seduction and the vulnerability of the heroine to male abandonment.
The heroines Little Em’ly of Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, Hetty in George Eliot’s Adam Bede, or Tess in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles represent innocent victims of male sexual exploitation, whereas another innovation of Lawrence’s is that the forbidden sexual relationship between his lovers is based on mutual desire.
The shock over Lawrence's prose seems quaint and misplaced now, thanks in part, perhaps, to the failure to stop its dissemination, allowing once-offensive words and phrases to become benignly commonplace and barely titillating. He did a pretty good job fighting back, winning acquittal in 1972 after a federal obscenity prosecution and mounting his own legal campaign trying to make sure prison inmates had proper access to pornography.
distribution of the book, which is rife with taboo-if now outdated-terms depicting explicit sex. S., they fixed their sights on the folks who distributed pornography, including Baltimore's Samuel Boltansky, who ended up spending much of his career getting porn and sex toys out to the masses, despite government accusations of illegally distributing obscene material and having ties to organized crime.
The go-between of the title is 13-year-old Leo Colston who is used as an emissary between a beautiful aristocrat and a farmer.
The story is largely seen through Leo’s eyes, and what innocent eyes they are – almost until the extremely bitter end.
If ever there was to be a Baltimore landmark noted for its ties to free-speech battles, it might well be the historic brick warehouse at 3300 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden-Woodberry, a building that once produced sails for the Baltimore clipper ships that ruled global trade in the early 19th century. Boltansky died in 2002, 30 years after his obscenity acquittal by then-Maryland U. Among his and his family's beneficiaries has been the Jewish Museum of Maryland, which, at its annual meetings, features a keynote speaker invited in Boltansky's honor.