Roth Must Live: A Successful Business and Its Bankruptcy
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.
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