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  • Banned In China: The novel suffered the highest profile criminal prosecution for obscenity in the UK during the first half of the twentieth century. Compared to the later Lady Chatterley case, there was no jury, and the magistrate notoriously rejected the possibility of a defence of artistic merit in obscenity cases, arguing that a better-written obscene novel would be more likely to corrupt its audience. (The novel was banned on the grounds of a graphic depiction of lesbian sex, which consisted of the single sentence "And that night they were not divided".)

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