Visiting Lecturer Denies Advocate Articles Obscene

Mark Schorer, visiting lecturer in English, attacked charges made by Raymond Beecroft, general manager of the Warren Press, that material in the March issue of the Advocate was "obscens." Schorer said yesterday that "There is no issue of obscenity here, and no big news story, either. If a printer wishes to turn down a job, that is his business, but the blowing up of the story by the Boston press was ridiculous since no one need take a printer's judgment in the realm of literature or literary morality."

Schorer continued. "In my view there is no obscenity in the story, but the abyss of obscenity in the minds of some readers is, of course, immense."

Meanwhile, George A. Kelly '53' president of the Advocate, announced that because Beecroft wished to impose certain censorship on the Advocate, if any future issues were printed at the Warren Press, the editors of the Advocate had no choice but to drop the Warren Press. "We don't intend to be censored by any printer," Kelly said in announcing the decision.

Schorer's statement was made because one of the objectionable stories in the March issue was identified as a section of a novel, entitled "Steven Morton," which is being written by Seymour N Heifetz '52 in English 8b, a creative writing course taught this semester by Schorer.

The fragments published in the Advocate dealt with reminiscences of sexual relationships by a prisoner


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