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

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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