Although previously published privately by the author, a complete and original edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover was not published in the United Kingdom until 1960, when publisher Penguin Books became embroiled in a public obscenity trial because of the book’s sexually explicit content and use of four-letter words, which was then considered outrageous by the establishment. Future copies of the book faced being banned from sale. At the time, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned for obscenity in the USA, Canada, Australia, India and Japan. Fortunately for lovers of steamy romance books, Penguin won the case, which helped them sell three million copies and make the book popular across the world!
Lady Chatterley’s Lover also gained notoriety at the time for its exploration of the emotional and physical relationship between two people at different ends of the English class system.
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