NO SMUT! John WEBSTER, Notre Dame Student Commission for Decent Literature.

NO SMUT!

Indiana: The University Press, Notre Dame, 1939. Later printing. Wraps. 12mo. Saddle-stapled pictorial wraps. Minimal edgeewear. Covers and interior pages uniformly toned. Near fine. Near fine. Item #23781

Fifth edition of this resolutely anti-smut youth pamphlet, illustrated with highly moral black and white drawings by John Webster of Lakeland, Florida. Produced and sold directly by the Notre Dame Student Commission for Decent Literature, whose full membership roster is printed on page 16, with permission of the Very Reverend Thomas Steiner, under the imprimatur of John F. Noll, Bishop of Fort Wayne.

The tract tells the story of a healthy young man just like you, Reader, tempted by flashy magazines like SEX SENSATIONS, PARIS THRILLER, THE WESTERN WOOER, or the very worst "filth-in-print": SQUINT and QUAGMIRE. The long road to prison begins with one innocent look at the "cheaper pulp numbers" sold by the "Number One Public Enemy of American Youth," dealer "Mr. I. Sellsmut." Can any of this "erotic filth" be called art? "Yes, it's art. The stinking art of snatching purity from the pure of heart...And if YOU and YOU and YOU stay away from lewd literature, old I. Sellsmut will soon go bankrupt." Sure, sex is a fact of life, but "get it free and fair from Mother and Dad or the priest."

The writers close with a triumphant nod to the successful censorship campaigns of the decade just past: "They said the Legion of Decency was going to flop. But look at the movies today."

In spite of offering discount sales in bulk and reporting 100,000 copies in circulation as of this fifth printing, none appear in trade and OCLC locates just three holdings. Curiously scarce.

Price: $75.00