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A Look at Some Controversial Romance Novels of Yesteryear.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover – by D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley's Lover

This is a story about an adulterous love affair between a working-class man and an upper-class woman. It raised eyebrows with its explicit sex-scenes, and liberal use of cuss words.  First published in 1928, it was banned in the United Kingdom until a 1960 court case bypassed the ‘Obscene Publications Act’ , on the grounds that the book had literary merit. Details of the obscenity trial are retold in The Lady Chatterley's Lover Trial.




Maurice – by E. M. Forster


This book by E.M. Forster, judged too controversial to publish in his lifetime, tells the story of a homosexual love affair.  Maurice, a wealthy but withdrawn and inhibited banker, is seduced by a strapping, and vaguely threatening, outdoorsman type, Alec.

The film adaptation stars James Wilby as the title character, Hugh Grant as closeted homosexual Clive Durham, and Rupert Graves as the main love-interest Alec Scudder. Ben Kingsley has a supporting role.



Sula – by Toni Morrison


Sula, by Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison, explores themes such friendship and racism, set in a predominantly black neighbourhood in Ohio, during the early 1900s. The book is replete with interracial dating, adultery, and has mild lesbian undertones.






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