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160 pages
18 cm

NODL Evaluation Report

"This book is offensive from cover to cover. It describes two couples, husbands who have committed adultery, wives arranging situations for their husbands, homosexual behaviour, makes light of divorce. On page 60, they discuss therapeutic abortion.
I couldn't really mark any specific passages, but both my husband and I felt it was completely objectionable!"

More information about contested books

Contested in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature.
The Censorship Board of Ireland prohibited The Lion House from 4 October 1960.

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"'A sizzler' -Philadelphia News. 'A first novel by an American of genius. The subtle relationship between two women with its Lesbian undertones is described with a skill worthy of Colette...One of those rare novels that add to one's knowledge of human nature.' -The London Observer. 'An extremely clever novel...also a very sexy one..." -Washington Sunday Star. 'The probable successor to LOLITA...The novel most likely to be discussed and banned...You might say Marjorie Lee has dramatized the Kinsey Report, but that wouldn't do it justice. The book is suspenseful to the very last page and beautifully written. The daring subject matter is handled with the utmost restraint and good taste...' -Hartford Times." -Back cover

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Against a brown, streaked wall, two women appear on a bed with white sheets. One, a brunette, sits with her body facing the reader, left leg tucked under her right leg which hangs over from the front edge of the bed. Her left hand is rested over her bare, left foot, and she holds up a lit cigarette with her right hand, resting the elbow on her right thigh. Her hair is tied in a bun at the back of her head and she is wearing a green dress with straps, cleavage visible. A white slip can be partially seen under the hem of her dress. Her head is turned to her right, eyes looking down at the woman behind her, a blonde, on her stomach, with her torso propped up on her elbows. Her hair is wavy and loose, and reaches her shoulders. Her face is turned to her left, eyes looking back at the brunette with a neutral expression on her face. She hugs a white pillow in front of her chest and a green cushion can be seen under her left hand. She is wearing an orange blouse with sleeves rolled up to her elbows, and blue jeans, besides which an ashtray can be seen. The scene is lit from the front right.

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Lee, Marjorie, “Lion house (The),” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed July 14, 2024,