New York: Rinehart and Company, 1954. First Edition, Second State. Hardcover. Octavo, 397 pages; VG-/none; black spine with rubbed silver lettering; mild rubbing to boards; slight age-toning to interior; shelved case 10. Seduction of the Innocent is a book by American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, published in 1954, that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. The book was taken seriously at the time, and was a minor bestseller that created alarm in parents and galvanized them to campaign for censorship. At the same time, a U.S. Congressional inquiry was launched into the comic book industry. Subsequent to the publication of Seduction of the Innocent, the Comics Code Authority was voluntarily established by publishers to self-censor their titles. [wikipedia]. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.
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