A Complete Digitization of Eros Magazine: The Controversial 1960s Magazine on the Sexual Revolution

Last year we told you about the dig­i­ti­za­tion of Avant Garde mag­a­zine, a short-lived but influ­en­tial 1960s mag­a­zine, which fea­tured lith­o­graphs by John Lennon and artis­tic pho­tographs of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. Today, we’re pleased to announce the dig­i­ti­za­tion of Avant Garde’s sis­ter mag­a­zine, Eros. Also a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Ralph Ginzburg (edi­tor) and Herb Lubalin (art direc­tor), Eros posi­tioned itself as a quar­ter­ly mag­a­zine on love and sex in Amer­i­ca. Author­i­ties, how­ev­er, did­n’t take kind­ly to a mag­a­zine cov­er­ing the sex­u­al rev­o­lu­tion. Not in 1962. And when Eros pub­lished its fourth issue, Robert Kennedy, the U.S. Attor­ney Gen­er­al, indict­ed Ginzburg for dis­trib­ut­ing obscene lit­er­a­ture through the mail and vio­lat­ing fed­er­al anti-obscen­i­ty laws. Ginzburg was con­vict­ed (a deci­sion lat­er affirmed by the Supreme Court) and sen­tenced to five years in prison. Ulti­mate­ly, he served eight months.

Thanks to Mindy Seu, a new­ly-cre­at­ed web­site lets you read dig­i­tal copies of Eros. All four issuesSpring 1962, Sum­mer 1962Autumn 1962, and Win­ter 1962. When you vis­it the site, click the word “Index” in the top right cor­ner, and then you can eas­i­ly nav­i­gate through indi­vid­ual pages.

As you do, keep one thing in mind: Eros was no flim­sy mag­a­zine. Accord­ing to The New York Times, it was a “stun­ning­ly designed hard­cov­er ‘mag­book’,” cov­er­ing “a wide swath of sex­u­al­i­ty in his­to­ry, pol­i­tics, art and lit­er­a­ture” and fea­tur­ing arti­cles by the likes of Nat Hentoff.

Also, if you click on “Resources” once you’re on the new site, you can read arti­cles about Eros mag­a­zine and the con­tro­ver­sial tri­al.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

A Com­plete Dig­i­ti­za­tion of the 1960s Mag­a­zine Avant Garde: From John Lennon’s Erot­ic Lith­o­graphs to Mar­i­lyn Monroe’s Last Pho­tos

Down­load 336 Issues of the Avant-Garde Mag­a­zine The Storm (1910–1932), Fea­tur­ing the Work of Kandin­sky, Klee, Moholy-Nagy & More

Exten­sive Archive of Avant-Garde & Mod­ernist Mag­a­zines (1890–1939) Now Avail­able Online

2,200 Rad­i­cal Polit­i­cal Posters Dig­i­tized: A New Archive

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  • thorndike says:

    I would love to read EROs, but am unable to zoom in on any of the pages. Is there a way to zoom that I can not find? Can the mag­a­zine be down­loaded?

  • Cathie Muirhead says:

    I’m won­der­ing if you can help me. I have the 4 hard­cov­er mag­a­zines from 1962.
    I’m won­der­ing if you would know what they might be worth.

    Look­ing for­ward to your response.
    Thank you
    Cathie Muir­head

  • peter Jones says:

    Please e‑mail thorndike Ques­tion May 10 2017

  • Carolus Aderat says:

    I was a sub­scriber. I wish I still had my copies. I was also a client of Albert Ellis. Many thanks for the mem­o­ries!

  • EuGene Smith says:

    Did one issue have an arti­cle with a title sim­i­lar to “How did porkupines do it? Very care­ful­ly”?

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