Penguin Collection: Lady Chatterley's Lover Trial Papers

Scope and Content

This collection contains material for the Defence such as proofs of witnesses and correspondence with Michael Rubinstein, Penguin's solicitor, and the Defending Counsel. It also contains material concerning Michael Rubinstein's plan to publish a book of essays by trial witnesses, the copyright of the novel in Australia, and book reviews of The Lady Chatterley's Lover Trial, edited by H. Montgomery Hyde, 1990.

Administrative / Biographical History

The trial (Regina vs. Penguin Books Ltd.) took place from 20th October to 2nd November, 1960, and concerned prosecution over publication of the unexpurgated version of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections by Michael Rubinstein.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy material must be obtained from University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Related Material

Also see "The Trial of Lady Chatterley: Regina v. Penguin Books Limited", a series of essays edited by C.H. Rolph, Penguin Special s192, 1961.

Additional Information

Related material on the trial is also located in the Allen Lane Files (DM 1819).