Loren Glass, University of Iowa associate professor of 19th- and 20th-century American literature and cultural studies, will make “The Case for Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer“ at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Sunday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. Glass will recount how Chicagoan Barney Rosset and his fledgling Grove Press led the charge in the 1960s against government censorship of the works of William S. Burroughs, D.H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller by helping to redefine the parameters of obscenity. His talk will describe how Rosset’s efforts helped the literary avant-garde join the mainstream and insured that these essential and provocative works of literature were fully available to college classrooms and the greater American reading public.
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is a co-sponsor of the program, which will be held at Barney Rosset’s alma mater, The Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are $5.00 for general admission, and free for students and teachers.
Peggy Sullivan, former dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Rosary College (now Dominican University), will introduce Glass.
For more information on Barney Rosset, who passed away earlier this year. check out the blog post Banned by Marlee Prutton.