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Not subjected to cuts arising from censorship or fear of censorship. An expurgated edition of a written work is one from which controversial, especially sexual or allegedly blasphemous, passages have been omitted. A favoured marketing device of paperback publishers in the 1950s and 1960s was to proclaim on the covers of books (by D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Giovanni Boccaccio, Emile Zola, and others whose books were rumoured to be sexually explicit) that their editions were ‘Complete and Unexpurgated’, thus reassuring the buyer that the sexually exciting episodes, if there actually had been any, had been left in.

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