British academic Richard Hoggart dies at 95

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Posted: Apr 11, 2014 10:23 AM

LONDON (AP) — Richard Hoggart, a distinguished cultural historian and a significant witness in the court case that ended British censorship of "Lady Chatterley's Lover," has died at age 95.

His family announced that Hoggart died Thursday at a nursing home in London.

The trial in 1960, which ended with the jury finding that D.H. Lawrence's novel was not obscene, was a landmark for free expression at the outset of London's "swinging sixties."

Hoggart, then a university lecturer, defended the work as "highly virtuous and, if anything, puritanical."

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