On Iniquity: Some Personal Reflections Arising Out of the Moors Murder Trial - Pamela Hansford JohnsonLondon, Melbourne & Toronto: Macmillan, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, with closed tears to the head of the spine and top corner of the upper panel. Dust wrapper tanned at the spine and verso. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “The Moors Murder Trial provided the English speaking and English reading world with a shock of horror which has seldom been equalled. Were these crimes influenced, or in part caused, by the climate of our society? Are we paying too heavy a price for artistic license and social permissiveness? It is those questions which Pamela Hansford Johnson invites us to consider. She does not pretend to know the answers: but she asks them urgently, as one who has for years past tried to analyse our moral anarchy.
What are we, as a society, doing to ourselves and those who come after us? This is debated often enough in theory, and from time to time specifically, as in cases of prosecution for obscene libel and in the recent controversy over the Theatre of Cruelty’. But in all these debates, a precise evaluation of who has been damaged by what is lacking. In the case of the Moors Murders, two children and a young man were killed. Miss Hansford Johnson does not suggest that the murders were the direct result of the literature favoured by the murderers; but she does seek to establish some connection between it and the tainted moral and spiritual atmosphere of our time. She provides brilliant cameos and vignettes of the Trial and of the chief characters in it; and alongside these, she asks provoking questions about the future of our society, questions which each reader must answer for himself.”