Hubert Selby Jr.'s collection of short stories about Brooklyn life in the 1950s was the subject of a private prosecution in the UK, brought under the Obscenities Publication Act in 1967 for the 'uncompromising and obscene' content depicting gang violence, sexual assault, drug taking, domestic violence, prostitution, homosexuality and transgenderism.
The ban was initially successful but only applied to Soho, the area around Marlborough Street Court, and it was overturned the following year after an appeal. This is the cover of the UK 1968 edition which followed the successful appeal.
Selby Jr.'s work may be uncomfortable reading, but it provided genuine accounts of these so-called taboo subjects, which affected the lives of many people, whose voices were rarely heard.
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