Theodore Dreiser's "Genius" Damned. A defense of the work. Theodore Dreiser, Elias Rosenthal.

Theodore Dreiser's "Genius" Damned. A defense of the work.

New York: 1916. Wraps. In 1916, Theodore Dreiser's autobiographical novel "Genius", which among other topics, examined traditional and modern views of sexual morality, was deemed blasphemous and obscene by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and banned.

This pamphlet, written by Elias Rosenthal, defends Dreiser's banned work with specific reference to the overreactions of vice societies to the work: "This brings me down to the action of the locally organized vice society in Cincinnati, which discovered in Theodore Dreiser's "The Genius" seventy five passages which it considered "lewd",and seventeen "profane", all of which when examined proved to be nothing more than accurate comments on passing phases of life. .... what is needed is some strong bug powder, not for the purpose of sterilizing the book, but of dispersing its assailants." The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice threatened to prosecute the publishers on similar grounds.

Sml. 8vo pamphlet, (nd) ca. 1915, 8pp. Original yellow wraps; no title at spine, with one horizontal fold and address and canceled stamp at rear cover, o/w very good. Addressed to George Nathan "of the Smart Set", founder and editor of the American Spectator and good friend to Dreiser and Ernest Boyd. OCLC: 29902821. Very good condition. Item #14580

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