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Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

Jay A. Gertzman


Samuel Roth (1894-1974) was an American publisher, whose story moved from a shtetl in Galicia to the Lower East Side of New York, then, briefly, to England during which time he laid groundwork for both a literary career, and then to a career as a publisher of modernist sexually explicit texts and popular literature. Roth spent over nine years in federal and municipal prisons for publishing pornography, and his 1957 conviction (The Roth Case), although upheld by the Supreme Court, opened the way for liberalization of the Comstock Statutes. As a result of his unauthorized (but not pirated) publi ... More

Keywords: Jewish American Literature, Obscenity, Modernism, Comstock Statutes, Piracy, Banned Books, International Protest, The Roth Case, Jewish Self-Hatred, Ulysses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813044170
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay A. Gertzman, author