Lenore Kandel. The Love Book

In 1966 she synthesized the essence of the Free Speech Movement and the nascent Hippie Movement/Love One Another vibe that was to grow into 1967’s Summer of Love, writing and publishing this incendiary erotic masterpiece of modern poetry. The Love Book’s four poems celebrate the divine nature of sexuality, offering a potent and eloquent testament to physical, sexual love, succinct and full of explicit language. That explicit language led to the book being confiscated by San Francisco police in November 1966, with raids on City Lights Bookstore and the Haight-Ashbury District’s Psychedelic Shop which led to the arrest of three booksellers. The obscenity trial that followed was at the time the longest running trial in San Francisco history. That court’s guilty verdict was appealed all the way to the California Supreme Court, which upheld the obscenity ruling in 1967. That conviction was overturned by a Federal District Court in 1974.

Text: Kandel Lenore. pp. 16; staple binding. Publisher: Stolen Paper Review, San Francisco, 1966.

ID: 18447

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In 1966 she synthesized the essence of the Free Speech Movement and the nascent Hippie Movement/Love One Another vibe that was to grow into 1967’s Summer of Love, writing and publishing this incendiary erotic masterpiece of modern poetry. The Love Book’s four poems celebrate the divine nature of sexuality, offering a potent and eloquent testament to physical, sexual love, succinct and full of explicit language. That explicit language led to the book being confiscated by San Francisco police in November 1966, with raids on City Lights Bookstore and the Haight-Ashbury District’s Psychedelic Shop which led to the arrest of three booksellers. The obscenity trial that followed was at the time the longest running trial in San Francisco history. That court’s guilty verdict was appealed all the way to the California Supreme Court, which upheld the obscenity ruling in 1967. That conviction was overturned by a Federal District Court in 1974.

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