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Lady Literature’s Lover

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Rosset (R) with Samuel Beckett.(Bob Adelman/NYT)

Each week, we select the most interesting Jewish obituary. This week, it’s that of Barney Rosset (father, not mother), who died Tuesday. Rosset was the man behind Grove Press (based on Grove Street in the Village), the guy who challenged censorship laws by publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer (the latter as chronicled by Josh Lambert in Tablet Magazine). He also published William S. Burroughs and Samuel Beckett. Rosset played a similar role in the world of cinema, too. In an appreciation, film critic Richard Brody writes,

His example and his exertions prove that freedom is indissociable—that there’s no such thing as political freedom in the absence of free artistic expression; that freedom involving matters of sex is as central to a just society as the right to ideological expression. Rosset both advanced and embodied, sincerely and bravely, the crucial modern recognition that the personal is political.

Defied Censors, Making Racy a Literary Staple [NYT]
In Memoriam: Barney Rosset [New Yorker Front Row]
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