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When Candy Was Banned: How The Olympia Press Thwarted Literary Censorship


November 9, 2004
A discussion of transatlantic literary freedom in the 1950s and the subversive tactics of the Olympia Press, led by some of the most controversial publishers, translators, and authors of the day.

Leon Friedman served as the attorney for publisher Maurice Girodias throughout the 1960s. He is currently of counsel to Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Laura Frost is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Yale University, and the author of Sex Drives: Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism.

Iris Owens wrote numerous wildly popular and regularly banned erotic novels for the ?Traveller?s Companion? series of Olympia Press under the pseudonym ?Harriet Daimler.?

Nile Southernis the author of The CANDY Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY. The son of Terry Southern, he serves as co-Trustee of the Terry Southern Literary Trust.

Richard Seaver (Moderator) is the co-founder of Arcade Publishing. An esteemed translator of French literature, he served as the Parisian publisher of Beckett and Genet, and has translated numerous works by Marguerite Duras, Eug?ne Ionesco, and the Marquis de Sade, among others. Before founding Arcade, Mr. Seaver was Editor in Chief at Grove Press and Penguin USA.