Virago acquires new Naomi Wolf

Virago acquires new Naomi Wolf

Virago has acquired the new book by Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth and Vagina, about the creation of the law against obscenity and its impact on society.

Publisher Lennie Goodings bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title, Outrages, from agent John Brockman and will publish in 2016.

The book, with the subtitle "How Gay Men, Bad Girls, Smut and Perversion were Invented", is about the introduction of the law against of obscenity in 1857 and how it proved to be a turning point in society, meaning dissent and morality; deviancy and normalcy; unprintable and unsayable, all became lawful definitions. It includes the story of a generation of writers and artists, including Walt Whitman and Dante Rossetti, whose work was thrown into jeopardy.