The Obscene Publications Act of 1857 gave legal form to ideas of ‘normalcy’ and ‘deviancy’ and turned writers, editors, publishers, artists and gallerists into gatekeepers of ‘public decency.’ Wolf invokes John Addinton Symonds, Whitman, Rosetti and many others in this brilliant exposition of suppression.
The 200th anniversary of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan forms the inspiration for A New Divan (Gingko, 2019), a multi-lingual collection of poems and translations on Goethe’s original themes from a roster of twenty-four leading poets in eleven languages, with facing English translations. With an introduction by Daniel Barenboim.
We are delighted that two of the poets involved in this project will speak at Sandoe’s on 2nd July – booking essential. Please see here for more details.