the trial at boston naked lunch is one the most recent banned books in america. In 1962 it was banned in boston for obscenity and in 1966 the massachusets supreme court reversed the decision with the help of testimony by norman mailer and allen ginsberg. While naked lunch was having its day in court in boston, a los angeles judge, in the only other censorship action against the book since its u. Publication in 1962, freed the novel from a charge of obscenity in 8 decision which said, in part it appears to me to abundantly clear that book, in almost every page goes substantially beyond the. naked lunch caused an uproar upon publication, and has been infamous ever since. Its obscenity trial in boston was the last significant obscenity trial in american literature. Upon its publication in the united states it was banned in both boston and los angeles. burroughs naked lunch, still fresh at 50 once the center of an obscenity trial, william s. Naked lunch on trial for obscenity by robert bruce robertbruce76. Boston, massachusetts has often been the setting of some major trials, including the one going on right now for the boston marathon bomber. After 1966 editions of naked lunch also included material from the obscenity trial in massachusetts. This version was the primary edition marketed and sold in the united states through january 2003, when the books original u. Publisher, grove press, introduced the restored text, edited by james grauerholz and barry miles. the trial of naked lunch was the last significant obscenity trial in american literature.