“Indecent Exposure”

On this date in 1926, H.L. Mencken was arrested for possessing and selling “indecent” literature after he sold a copy of The American Mercury to the secretary of the Boston Watch and Ward Society. The issue contained Herbert Asbury’s story “Hatrack,” which the Society deemed obscene.

You can read more about this story in Mencken, the Prostitute & the Police.

 

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