Kudgello feature

Library of Congress: Print shows a man "Kudgello" using tongs to remove printed material, such as "Essay on Woman", from the toilet pit in an outhouse; on the floor a small pile of "materials" collected includes, "Dialogue ... Married Lady ... A Maid", "Aretine" (possibly a reference to William Murray, 1st earl of Mansfield), "Sodom, a play", and John Cleland's "Memoirs of a woman of pleasure."

A Book Named ‘John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ et al. v. Attorney General of Massachusetts

By March 21, 1966

The Supreme Court invalidates a Massachusetts court decision that found the 1750 book “Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure” (commonly known as “Fanny Hill”) obscene. In Memoirs v. Massachusetts, Justice William Brennan writes that a book cannot be declared obscene unless it is found to be “utterly without redeeming social value.”


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