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PART I - THE PRESENT
CHAPTER XI - LIBERTY IN ENGLAND

technical reasons, they did so, and at the Manchester Assizes they were heavily fined to the extent of £400. The author, I am glad to say, has not been attacked in the matter. But his publishers, a small and very decent firm who only handle reputable work, have nearly been ruined. Nor is this all. Although they have withdrawn Boy from circulation they are advised that they are still liable legally to be summoned in respect of every copy which had been sold before withdrawal. That is to say, they might be fined another £400 in Cheshire, another 400 in Devonshire, and so on, and this might go on for years and years. I am not telling you a fairy tale out of Swift or Voltaire. I am telling you what can happen in England, the home of free speech. What can happen when the law is put into action unwarrantably.
Boy is the sort of case where protests are useful-not as regards the past, which they cannot remedy, but as regards the future. Public opinion still counts, and if public opinion declares that the case ought never to have been brought and that the fine was excessive, the authorities concerned are likely to be more cautious. We have had, of course, ridiculous cases in the past-the suppression of The Well of Loneliness, and of the original edition of D. H. Lawrence's Rainbow, and the solemn burning of Ulysses in the Folkestone Custom House. But none of them have been so fantastic as Boy, which asserts the right of Authority to prosecute after any lapse of time and at the initiative of any policeman in any provincial town. The publishers have been selected for punishment this time. Next time it will be the author, unless authors make their voices heard.
But to turn from these details to the possibility of a general campaign-that, I suppose, is the main reason of our congress. I fear that I have little to contribute. I know what I want and will epitomize it. I want greater freedom for writers, both as creators and as critics. In England, more than elsewhere, their creative work is hampered because they can't write freely about sex, and I want it recognized that sex is a subject for serious treatment and also for comic treatment ; this latter aspect of it is usually ignored by speakers when they get on to platforms, so i don't wish to miss it out. As for criticism, I want to maintaia the right of public comment-in England here we are fortunate, because we possess it still, whereas from some of you it has been

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