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Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist$
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Jay A. Gertzman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044170

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044170.001.0001

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Roth Must Live: A Successful Business and Its Bankruptcy

(p.101) Chapter 4 1928–1934
Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

Jay A. Gertzman

University Press of Florida

After serving prison terms for distributing pornography in 1929-30, Roth found money to establish William Faro, Inc. That money came at least partly from profits he accrued from pornography (which included unauthorized copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Ulysses). He wrote a book about prison life, in which he stated his determination to accomplish the taklis (a Jew’s God-ordained purpose) conveyed to him by Yeshea (Jesus), who first appeared to him he was given an evangelical pamphlet upon boarding the boat to America. Faro published borderline erotica (sex pulps) and a popular expurgated edition of Chatterley but also some significant social commentary. The latter included a perceptive novel about interracial marriage and the exploitation of a talented black man and an early classic of gay literature.

Keywords:   taklis, Workhouse, sex pulp, gay fiction, interracial marriage, Hoover Smear Books

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