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Sixteen essays about the First Amendment from the man who changed the way America reads literature

A lawyer, literary agent, and author, Charles Rembar never stopped fighting against the puritanical laws that prevented Americans from consuming controversial art. These so-called anti-obscenity laws prevented the sale and distribution of books that, at the time, were considered racy, salacious, or downright pornographic.

During a time of great political and cultural upheaval, Rembar was instrumental in ushering in a significant change in how America views literature, and in maintaining the importance of our First Amendment rights. Perspective collects sixteen essays written between 1967 and 1974, each primarily concerned with the “scope and meaning” of the First Amendment. Divided into three sections, Perspective offers insight into the major “constitutional crises” of the time: freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and impeachment.

Miles away from dry legalese, Rembar’s conversational, often humorous style makes this collection as enjoyable as it is informative. His thought-provoking essays—whether about the Watergate hearings, the trial of Dr. Spock, Bobby Seale’s imprisonment, or literary and artistic freedom—have never been more relevant than they are today.

Charles Rembar

Charles Rembar (1915–2000) was an American lawyer. Born and raised in New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1935 and his law degree from Columbia University in 1938. He spent several years working for New Deal agencies before serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Rembar is best known as a constitutional- and First Amendment–rights lawyer. His work representing Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and John Cleland’s Fanny Hill played a major role in changing the nation’s approach to obscenity and censorship laws. His book The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer & Fanny Hill by the Lawyer Who Defended Them (1968) won the George Polk Award in journalism. Perspective (1975) is a collection of essays, and The Law of the Land: The Evolution of Our Legal System (1980) is a legal history of Western Europe and the United States.

Rembar also founded a law firm, Rembar & Curtis, which represented well known writers such as Norman Mailer, Tom Clancy, Herman Wouk, and Louise Erdrich.

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