Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - 369 pages
"Hailed from coast to coast as an extraordinary and provocative work and compared with the best of Harold Bloom, Joseph Campbell, and Lewis Thomas, Forbidden Knowledge explores two of today's most important moral issues: the explosion of scientific knowledge and the problem of pornography as represented by the recent rehabilitation of the Marquis de Sade. In a compelling synthesis of history and literature, Shattuck challenges the meaning of moral responsibility in our daily life, providing a landmark history of Western culture that will dazzle the reader."--Cover.

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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

Shattuck is an English professor with an interesting critical review of knowledge that should remain hidden, including criticism of the fashion for De Sade, and of recent episodes in genetics. Read full review

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User Review  - TheBentley - LibraryThing

Shattuck's only effective argument in this considerably over-written scholarly study is his argument that violent pornography correlates strongly with sexually sadistic serial killers (although he ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Roger Shattuck taught for many years at Boston University and now resides in Vermont. He is the author, most recently, of "Candor & Perversion".

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