I have vivid memories of two extraordinary people I "knew" who were directly associated with the publication of books banned for obscenity: Vladimir Nabokov and Pascal Covici.
Vladimir Nabokov was my Russian Literature and Comparative Literature teacher at college. During the summer of my sophomore year "Lolita" was published. It was banned in the USA, but friends who were fortunate enough to go to Paris that summer returned with suitcases full of English paperback copies. I regret that I was too much of a
Pascal Covici became most famous as John Steinbeck's editor and friend. I met him and his wife Dorothy at a party at their Manhattan apartment, invited by my good friend Michael, Dorothy's nephew. Later, when Mrs. Covici had become a widow, Michael and I introduced her to my widowed mother, and as we had hoped, the two widows became good buddies. It was then that Mrs. Covici told us all about her honeymoon with Pascal. They were married in Chicago, and for their wedding trip they took a train from Chicago to New York, carrying smuggled copies of "Ulysses" as evidence for the judge(s) to read in the famous trial. At the time, and to this day, I can think of no honeymoon more exciting and romantic than that.