Name: Theodore Dreiser's The Genius

Date:  1900 - 1925

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality


Artist: Theodore Dreiser

Confronting Bodies: Society for the Suppression of Vice

Date of Action: 1915

Specific Location: New York City

Description of Artwork: Theodore Dreiser's autobiographical book, The Genius .

Description of Incident: Anthony Comstock's organization, Society for the Suppression of Vice, successfully suppresses the book.

Results of Incident: In 1923, the book was republished in 1923, with a disclaimer which attempted to address the the vice society's condemnation.

Source: National Association of Artists Organizations

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