NYT reports Parker teachers arranged liaisons between students | Bleader

Thursday, October 2, 2008

NYT reports Parker teachers arranged liaisons between students

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. . . or at least that's what Barney Rosset says. The publisher and "smut peddler" who fought to bring out uncensored versions of works like The Tropic of Cancer and Lady Chatterley's Lover is being honored with a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. In a recent New York Times story by Charles McGrath he says of The Tropic of Cancer, "I loved that book. . . . When I was a young man, it never occurred to me that it was about sex. What interested me was that Miller didn’t like Americans very much."

The battle came to Illinois in 1961, with Elmer Gertz leading the charge.

McGrath:

"The greatest joy that came out of my life in publishing was when 'Tropic of Cancer' went on trial in Chicago," Mr. Rosset said. "The judge was a friend of my father's, and at one point when the prosecutor accused me of just trying to make money, I took out my Henry Miller term paper from Swarthmore College and read from it. I remember leaving the courtroom and somehow getting lost going home. It was snowing. But I was so happy that I thought, 'If I fall down and die right here, it will be fine.'"

Anyway, the Times says Rosset "grew up in Chicago, the son of a banker, and went to the Francis W. Parker School, a place so progressive that according to Mr. Rosset, the teachers arranged for the students to sleep with one another."

How about it, Parker grads, anybody else remember it that way?

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