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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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The Windsors, Winchell, Kefauver: Back to Lewisburg

(p.245) Chapter 9 1952–1957
Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

Jay A. Gertzman

University Press of Florida

Roth’s long defiance of postal rulings on the unmailability of his circulars, and his defiance of the New York District Attorney, the famous columnist Walter Winchell (he published an attack on him in 1953), and the British Board of Trade (for a book alleging the duke of Windsor was homosexual), all led to a campaign against his business. It included violation of his civil rights, and an illegal use of the search warrant. He was subpoenaed to appear before the Kefauver subcommittee investigating the relationship between obscene materials and juvenile delinquency in 1955. A 26-count federal indictment followed, charging him with mailing obscenity and pandering to it in his circulars. The government case hinged on the undocumented relationship between Communism and juvenile delinquency and on the supposed attempt by Communists to circulate pornography to adolescents. Convicted, he spent the full 5-year term in prison.

Keywords:   Walter Winchell, juvenile delinquency, search warrant, violations of civil rights, pandering

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