On Nov. 2, 1960, a jury found Penguin Books, publisher of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover, not guilty under England’s new obscenity law, the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. The publisher’s defense proved that the book, which used then-obscene language and explicit descriptions of sex, had literary merit and therefore was exempt from the act. Lawrence first privately published the book in 1928 in Italy; a censored version was published in England in 1932, and the uncensored version was widely published in 1959 in New York and in 1960 in England.