The Private Life of Frank Harris, Samuel Roth (William Faro, Inc., New York, 1931)
9.25″ X 6.25″, 325pp. Hardback no DJ, grey cloth with paper title on spine, decorated end papers.
Samuel Roth (1893-1974) was an American publisher and writer. He was the plaintiff in Roth v. United States (1957), which was a key Supreme Court ruling on freedom of sexual expression. He was also repeatedly convicted for publishing and distributing obscene material. Frank Harris (1856-1931) was an editor, journalist and publisher. Though he attracted much attention during his life for his irascible, aggressive personality, editorship of famous periodicals, and friendship with the talented and famous, he is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness.