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Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'
Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

On this date, March 25, in 1957, Allen Ginsberg helped make literary history. That's because 520 copies of his poem "Howl" were seized by U.S. Customs agents on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, City Lights, would fight those charges -- and win. "The judge ruled that you couldn't judge a work obscene if it had the 'slightest redeeming social significance,'" City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti told PBS' "NewHour" in 2002. "That was the key phrase, which held up. This was a precedent that really opened the floodgates and allowed the Grove Press in New York, for instance, to publish D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' and Henry Miller's 'Tropics' and Jean Genet's...

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