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Sex Researcher

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In the years 1934-40, Gershon Legman defined his life’s work and taught himself the skills he would use in his richly productive research career. Moving to New York City after graduating high school, ... More


The Stranger

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Gershon Legman was born to poor Hungarian-Romanian immigrants in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1917. This chapter lays out the origins of his interest in collecting erotica and folklore and connects his ... More


Love & Death

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

After his break with Kinsey, Legman aimed to make a place for himself among New York City intellectuals as a full-time writer and editor on topics of sex. Between 1946 and 1948, he was at work ... More


Under Mt. Cheiron

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

From the late 1970s until his final illness, Legman worked to bring his big projects to press and to write his memoirs. Turning back to his work on erotic folk song, Legman aimed to complete his ... More


Neurotica

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In search of an outlet for his book Love & Death, Legman joined Irving “Jay” Landesman in publishing the little magazine Neurotica: A Journal of Lay Psychoanalysis (1948-51).This chapter sets out the ... More


The Key to the Fields

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Legman continued his working life in exile at La Clé des Champs, his homestead in the Alpes-Maritimes, France, where he had settled with his first wife in 1960. In rural isolation, Legman depended ... More


Kinsey’s Bibliographer

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In the early 1940s, Legman’s work with Robert L. Dickinson led to a job with University of Indiana biology professor Alfred C. Kinsey. This chapter shows Legman working as a bibliographer and rare ... More


Advanced Studies in Folklore

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In 1953, forced out of business by postal authorities, Legman moved to Paris. There he turned his attention to a long-planned series, Advanced Studies in Folklore, which he hoped would eventually ... More


“The Ballad” and the Horn Book

Susan G. Davis

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

While working on his studies of suppressed erotic folk song, Legman wrote a series of studies on the historical and bibliographic problems of studying erotica in an era of censorship. These appeared ... More


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

Susan G. Davis

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

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 ... More


A Weekend in July

Ann Charters and Samuel Charters

in Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604735796
eISBN:
9781621031666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604735796.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1948, John Clellon Holmes met four people in New York City who would profoundly change his life: Jay Landesman, Gershon Legman, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. ... More


Calls for Censorship

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the censorship of comic books in America. It begins by looking at the hysteria of 1948–1950, which focused on crime comics and the ordinances aimed at curbing their ... More


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