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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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1940–1949

1940–1949

Roth Breaks Parole, Uncovers a Nazi Plot, Gives “Dame Post Office” Fits, and Tells His Own Story in Mail-Order Advertising Copy

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(p.189) Chapter 7 1940–1949
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Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist
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Jay A. Gertzman

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044170.003.0007

After his release from the penitentiary, Roth’s return to borderline publishing would have landed him back in prison for violation of parole, if not for his being asked by the FBI to help then with evidence exposing a Nazi espionage ring in which one of the Faro authors, Fritz Duquesne, was a principal. He began mail-order publishing operations that brought him both lucrative returns and attempts to declare his circulars unmailable. There were seventeen such determinations, but Roth continued to flourish. During this period, the Post Office developed a procedure, especially to foil Roth’s extensive operations, that linked obscenity and fraud. Circulars appealing to prurience were held to fraudulently promise pornography, since the goods advertised were not sexually explicit or indecent. The unmailable decisions were made ex parte; there was no adversarial procedure.

Keywords:   postal hearings re mailability, Nazi espionage, ex parte, mail order circulars

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