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Library JournalIn this slim volume on the history of literary censorship, from the work of Gustave Flaubert through that of Henry Miller and with an epilog covering John Cleland's Fanny Hill(a.k.a. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) and the Marquis de Sade, Ladenson (French & comparative literature, Columbia Univ.) successfully compacts masses of disparate information. Although acknowledging such full-length works as Sebastian de Grazia's Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius(1992), she uses just seven essays and a prolog and epilog to analyze legal and cultural censorship from the Gilded Age to our liberated days. Flaubert, Charles Baudelaire, James Joyce, Radclyffe Hall, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Vladimir Nabokov were formerly censored as pornographers but are now literary classics. Her title, she insists, "is meant to conjure up an image of the author of writings viewed as obscene as a child playing with his excrement and calling it art." Despite the tremendous amount of historical information and original literary criticism included on each author and on the films made from the titles, to consider Ulyssesor Lolitastill as "dirt" is either too old-fashioned or too postmodern for this reviewer. Recommended, with reservations, as a supplementary work.