The Memoirs of Dolly Morton (1899)

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The Memoirs of Dolly Morton (1899)


[Rebell, Hugues, attributed to]. The Memoirs of Dolly Morton. Philadelphia: Society of Private Bibliophiles [Paris: Carrington], 1904. Kinsey Institute Library: 823.7 M53 1904


First published in Paris in 1899, The Memoirs of Dolly Morton is a “flagellation novel” commonly attributed to the French writer Hugues Rebell (1867-1905), but probably written by the British publisher of erotica Charles Carrington (1867-1921) The novel takes place in the Southern United States shortly before the Civil War. It depicts the misfortunes of Quaker Dolly Morton who, in an attempt to help free the slaves, is captured by a lynch mob and coerced into becoming the mistress of a plantation owner. The book was condemned by the Criminal Court of the Seine, France, on December 3, 1914. The copy exhibited here was seized by U.S. Customs in New York on March 16, 1951, and released to the Kinsey Institute on March 1, 1958, following the Federal Court case “United States v. 31 Photographs.”

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