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Dirty Jokes and Bawdy Songs: The Uncensored Life of Gershon Legman

Susan G. Davis


Born into a poor Jewish family, folklorist Gershon Legman (1917-99) made an independent career for himself in the study of erotic literature and obscene folklore. The book is the first full biography of this major figure in twentieth-century folklore study. Drawing on unprecedented research in Legman’s papers, the author traces his working and personal life from the 1930s American landscape of underground publishing, through midcentury sex research, through to his recovery and publication, in the 1960 and 1970s, of suppressed and censored folklore texts. Gershon Legman expanded the study of fo ... More

Keywords: Gershon Legman, folklore, censorship, social criticism, erotic literature, obscene folklore, folklore of sex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042614
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan G. Davis, author
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign