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This biographical examine is a window into 19th-century British society and the lifetime of William Morris—the nice craftsman, architect, dressmaker, poet, and writer—who is still a huge and influential determine to this present day. This account chronicles how his hindrance with inventive and human values led him to pass what he known as the “river of fire” and develop into a devoted socialist—committed not just to the idea of socialism but additionally to the perform of it within the day by day fight of operating men and women in Victorian England. whereas either the British hard work circulation and the Marxists have honored Morris, this legacy of his existence proves that a lot of his rules didn't accord with the dominant reforming developments, delivering a different viewpoint on Morris scholarship.

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However, what was discussed in GS was ‘fantasy and not a reference to real events’,162 and the activities recorded were represented simply in the form of text. It could be suggested that this ruling extends the scope of the Act to the effect that a person who has only an ephemeral interest in extreme fantasies and privately discusses these online with another individual may be at risk of committing a criminal offence. ’164 The ‘innocent publication’ defence will not be available to persons who did not know that they could be prosecuted but should have known.

16 ‘Miss Radclyffe Hall’s Novel: Defence to obscenity charge – Decision reserved – Large amount of evidence ruled inadmissible’ The Manchester Guardian (Manchester 10 November 1928) 14; ‘Novel condemned as obscene’ The Times (London 17 November 1928) 5. 17 ‘Condemned novel’ The Times (London 15 December 1928) 4. 14 28 The Rise of Extreme Porn objectionable. Censorship of sexual references in literary works was pervasive in the 1920s and 1930s,18 and even more books were suppressed until the outbreak of the Second World War.

67 Ibid 2. 68 A Aldgate and JC Robertson, Censorship in Theatre and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh: 2005). 69 A Aldgate, Censorship and the Permissive Society (OUP, New York: 1995). 70 J Hill, Sex, Class and Realism: British Cinema 1956–1963 (British Film Institute, London: 1986) 48. 71 JC Robertson, The Hidden Cinema: British Film Censorship in Action 1913–1972 (Routledge, London: 1989) 161. 72 Aldgate (n 69). 73 B Forbes, Notes for a Life (Collin, London: 1974) 343. 74 M Muggeridge and M Whitehouse, ‘Darkness in our light: John Windsor on back and front lashes after the big morality festival’ The Guardian (London 11 September 1971) 11.

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