Monday 20 November 2017

Author tells of the pitfalls of 'sex' writing

Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex.

The English author said that the failure of the prosecution of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' for obscenity, in 1960, marked a time when British literature could "grow up" about sex.

But "old euphemisms" had sometimes been replaced by "misleading new cliches" and a commercial obligation to write about sex in detail, he said.

An author who writes about sex "should always expect to be laughed at by subsequent generations", the writer (67) said.

The Booker Prize winner said that the fear that readers might think an author was writing from personal experience could be "a great inhibitor". He added another concern was vocabulary: "Which parts do you name, and what names do you give them?"

Irish Independent

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