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"Pornography" (1966) Summary and Analysis

As a form of sexual fantasy, pornography has been around since the dawn of "civilization" required the repression of sexuality until well after adolescence—particularly for the educated middle class. In the modern era, according to Vidal, pornography has become a multi-million dollar industry that thrives on the middle class male while "the lower orders" of the uneducated go for the real thing as soon as possible. Along with the rise of pornography as an industry there has been a flowering of fantasy as drama, so that Vidal suggests as a possible master's thesis "The Onanist as Dramatist."

Vidal focuses his reflections about pornography on The Olympia Reader, a compendium of pornographic and erotic writings published by Maurice Girodias, whose father sold "vast quantities" of Henry Miller's books to GIs in World...

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