[The Forbidden Library]

Course Anthology


  • Kathy Acker: from The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec (1975)
  • Kathy Acker: from Blood and Guts in High School (1978)
  • Simone de Beauvoir: from The Second Sex (1949)
  • William S. Burroughs: from Naked Lunch (1959)
  • William S. Burroughs: from Interzone (1989)
  • The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act (1993)
  • Sigmund Freud: from Civilisation and Its Discontents (1930)
  • Sigmund Freud, ed.: A Young Girl's Diary (1919)
  • Allen Ginsberg: from Howl (1956)
  • Graham Greene: from The Power and the Glory (1940)
  • Graham Greene: from The Lawless Roads (1939)
  • Radclyffe Hall: from The Well of Loneliness (1928)
  • Donna Haraway: A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)
  • Olga Ivinskaya: A Captive of Time (1978)
  • James Joyce: from Ulysses (1922)
  • D. H. Lawrence: from Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
  • D. H. Lawrence: from The First Lady Chatterley (1944)
  • D. H. Lawrence: from John Thomas and Lady Jane (1954)
  • Henry Miller: from Tropic of Cancer (1934)
  • John Milton: Areopagitica (1644)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: from Lolita (1955)
  • Vladimir Nabokov: from The Enchanter (1939 / 1985)
  • George Orwell: from Inside the Whale (1940)
  • Boris Pasternak: from Doctor Zhivago (1957)
  • Rick Poynor: from Designing Pornotopia (2006)
  • Harold Robbins: from The Pirate (1974)
  • Salman Rushdie: from The Satanic Verses (1988)
  • Salman Rushdie: from Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990)
  • Paul Scott: from The Jewel in the Crown (1966 / 1984)
  • Hubert Selby Jr: from Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964)
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: "An Incident at Krechetovka Station," from We Never make Mistakes (1963)
  • Dr Frederick Wertham: from Seduction of the Innocent (1954)

[Gustave Courbet: The Source (1868)]


Acker, Kathy. Blood and Guts in High School, Plus Two: Blood and Guts in High School; Great Expectations; My Death, My Life, by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 1978, 1982, 1983. London: Picador, 1984.

Acker, Kathy. Blood and Guts in High School. 1984. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1989.

Acker, Kathy. Essential Acker: The Selected Writings of Kathy Acker. Ed. Amy Schneider & Dennis Cooper. Introduction by Jeanette Winterson. New York: Grove Press, 2002.

Acker, Kathy. Eurydice in the Underworld. London: Arcadia Books, 1997.

Acker, Kathy. Hannibal Lecter, My Father. Semiotext(e) Native Agents Series. Ed. Sylvère Lotringer. New York: Semiotext(e), 1991.

Acker, Kathy. "Humility." In The Seven Cardinal Virtues: Kathy Acker, Leslie Dick, Zoë Fairbairns, Alison Fell, Sara Maitland, Agnes Owens, & Michèle Roberts. Illustrations by Grizelda Holderness. Ed. Alison Fell. London: Serpent’s Tail, 1990.

Acker, Kathy. Portrait of an Eye: Three Novels (The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula by the Black Tarantula; I Dreamt I was a Nymphomaniac: Imagining; The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec by Henri Toulouse Lautrec). 1973, 1974, 1975. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.

Acker, Kathy. Young Lust: Kathy Goes to Haiti; The Adult Life of Toulouse Lautrec by Henri Toulouse Lautrec; Florida. 1987, 1975, 1987. London: Pandora, 1989.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. 1949. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.

Burroughs, William. Naked Lunch. 1959. Introduction by J. G. Ballard. Flamingo Modern Classics. London: Flamingo, 1993.

Burroughs, William S. Interzone. Ed. James Grauerholz. 1989. London: Picador, 1990.

Burroughs, William S. Word Virus: The William Burroughs Reader. Ed. James Grauerholz & Ira Silverberg. 1998. London: Flamingo, 1999.

The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act (1993)

Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents. 1930. Trans. James Strachey. New York: W. W. Norton, 1961.

Freud, Sigmund, ed. A Young Girl's Diary (1919)

Ginsberg, Allen. Howl, and Other Poems. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. 1956. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1974.

Greene, Graham. The Power and the Glory. 1940. London: The Vanguard Library, 1954.

Greene, Graham. The Lawless Roads. 1939.

Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness. 1928. Commentary by Havelock Ellis.

Haraway, Donna. "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century." 1985. In Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York; Routledge, 1991. 149-181.

Harris, Oliver, ed. The Letters of William S. Burroughs, 1945 to 1959. 1993. London: Picador, 1994.

Ivinskaya, Olga. A Captive of Time: My Years with Pasternak. London: Collins Harvill, 1978.

Joyce, James. Ulysses: The 1922 Text. Ed. Jeri Johnson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. 1928. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969.

Lawrence, D. H. The First Lady Chatterley: The First Version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. 1944. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973.

Lawrence, D. H. John Thomas and Lady Jane: The Second Version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. 1972. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973.

Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer. 1934. London: Panther Books, 1965.

Milton, John. Areopagitica (1644)

Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita. 1955. London: Corgi, 1965.

Nabokov, Vladimir. The Annotated Lolita. 1955. Ed. Alfred Appel, Jr. 1970, rev. ed. 1991. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.

Nabokov, Vladimir. The Enchanter. Trans. Dmitri Nabokov. London: Picador, 1986.

Orwell, George. Inside the Whale (1940)

Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago. 1957. Trans. Max Hayward & Manya Harari. London: Collins Harvill, 1959.

Poynor, Rick. Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture. New York, 2006.

Robbins, Harold. The Pirate. New York, 1974.

Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses. London: Viking, 1988.

Rushdie, Salman. Haroun and the Sea of Stories. London: Granta Books, 1990.

Scott, Paul. The Jewel in the Crown. 1966. In The Raj Quartet. London: Methuen, 1984.

Selby Jr, Hubert. Last Exit to Brooklyn. 1964. London: Abacus, 1989.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. "An Incident at Krechetovka Station." In We Never Make Mistakes. 1963. London: Ace Books, 1972.

Wertham, Frederick. Seduction of the Innocent. New York, 1954.

[The Story of O]

Recommended Further Reading

Primary Texts:

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. London: William Heinemann, 1962.

Burroughs, William S. Junky. 1953. New York: Penguin, 1977.

Burroughs, William S. Queer. 1985. London: Picador, 1986.

Burton, Richard, trans. The Arabian Nights, or Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. 16 vols. Stoke-on-Newington: Kamashastra Society, 1885-88.

Cleland, John. Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. 1748. United States: Peter Holmes, 1821.

Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. London, 1722.

Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. New York: Cape & Smith, 1931.

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. 1857. London: Henry Vizitelly, 1888.

Go Ask Alice. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1971.

Gordimer, Nadine. Burger's Daughter. London: Jonathan Cape, 1979.

Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure. London: Osgood, McIlvaine, 1895.

Kazantzakis, Nikos. The Last Temptation of Christ. 1953. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.

Kraus, Chris. I Love Dick. New York: Semiotext(e), 1997.

Mahfouz, Naguid. Children of the Alley. 1959. New York: Three Continents Press, 1988.

Matthiessen, Peter, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. 1983. New York: Viking, 1991.

Reage, Pauline. Story of O. 1854. Trans. Sabine d'Estree. 1965. New York: Ballantine, 1982.

Sade, The Marquis de. The One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom and Other Writings. Trans. Austryn Wainhouse & Richard Seaver. 1966. London: Arrow Books, 1990.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956. 3 vols. London: Collins, 1974-78.

U.S. Department of Defence. United States Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: The "Pentagon Papers". Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1971.

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn: Andrew & James Rome, 1855.

Wilson, Edmund. Memoirs of Hecate County. New York: Doubleday & Co, 1946.

Wright, Peter. Spycatcher. Sydney: William Heinemann, 1987.

[The Trial of Lady Chatterley (1961)]

Secondary Texts:

Boyer, Paul S. Purity in Print: The Vice-Society Movement and Book Censorship in America. New York: Scribner's, 1968.

Bruner, Jerome. Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1988.

De Grazia, Edward. Censorship Landmarks. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1969.

De Grazia, Edward. Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius. New York: Random House, 1992.

De St Jorre, John. Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and its Writers. 1994. New York: Random House, 1996.

Ernst, Morris L., and Alan U. Schwartz. Censorship: The Search for the Obscene. New York: Macmillan, 1964.

Garcon, Maurice. L'Affaire Sade. Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1963.

Grant, Sidney S., and S. E. Angoff. "Censorship in Boston." Boston University Law Review 10 (January 1930), 36-60.

Grant, Sidney S., and S. E. Angoff. "Recent Developments in Censorship." Boston University Law Review 10 (November 1930),488-509.

Haight, Anne Lyon, and Chandler B. Grannis. Banned Books: 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D. 4th ed. New York: R. R. Bowker Company, 1978.

Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1559-1948)

Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald & Dawn B. Sova. 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. Checkmark Books, New York, 1999.

Kilpatrick, James J. The Smut Peddlers. New York: Doubleday, 1960.

Kuh, Richard H. Foolish Figleaves? Pornography in and out of Court. New York: Macmillan, 1967.

Marcuse, Ludwig. The History of an Indignation. London: MacGibbon & Key, 1965.

Morgan, Ted. Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs. 1991. London: Pimlico, 1992.

OCLC. "List of Banned Books." (2005).

Paul, James C. N. and Murray L. Schwartz. Federal Censorship: Obscenity in the Mail. New York: Free Press, 1961.

Perry, Stuart. The Indecent Publications Tribunal: A Social Experiment. London: Whitcombe and Tombs, 1965.

Rembar, Charles. The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer & Fanny Hill by the Lawyer Who Defended Them. New York: Random House, 1968.

Roeburt, John. The Wicked and the Banned. New York: Macfadden Books, 1963.

Rolph, C. H. ed. The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina v. Penguin Books Limited. The Transcript of the Trial. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961.

Ruthven, K. K. Faking Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

St. John-Stevas, Norman. Obscenity and the Law. London: Secker & Warburg, 1956.

Sutherland, John. Offensive Literature: Decensorship in Britain, 1960-1982. Totowa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble Books, 1981.

Travis, Alan. Bound & Gagged: A Secret History of Obscenity in Britain. 2000. London: Profile Books, 2001.

United States President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. The Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. New York: Random House, 1970.

Wachsberger, Ken, ed. Banned Books. 4 vols. New York: Facts on File, 1998:
  • Vol. 1 - Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds, by Nicholas J. Karolides.
  • Vol. 2 - Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds, by Margaret Bald.
  • Vol. 3 - Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds, by Dawn B. Sova.
  • Vol. 4 - Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, by Dawn B. Sova.

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