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Antediluvian as the early 1960s might seem to us today, however, they seemed at the time an era of dizzying change.

They were not, however, allowed to take the book out of the jury room.

Only if Penguin were acquitted of breaking the Obscene Publications Act would it be legal to distribute it.

Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house?

Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?

At one point they even considered flying over an American literary critic who had once condemned the book as “a dreary, sad performance with some passages of unintentional, hilarious, low comedy”, although they eventually abandoned the idea.