The Seven Minutes

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For the film, see The Seven Minutes (film).
The Seven Minutes
First edition
Author Irving Wallace
Country United States
Language English
Subject Pornography
Political science
Genre Legal thriller
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published in English
September 29, 1969
Pages 607
ISBN 0-671-20359-2

The Seven Minutes is a novel by Irving Wallace published in 1969 and released by Simon & Schuster. The book is a fictional account of the effects of pornography and the related arguments about freedom of speech.

Plot summary[edit]

The Seven Minutes chronicles a fictional obscenity trial of a banned book, The Seven Minutes, purported to be the thoughts in a woman's mind during seven minutes of sexual intercourse. Wallace's extensively researched work contains numerous (attributed) quotes and presents well-supported arguments for both sides of his fictional debate.

Maurice Girodias of the Olympia Press, who was interviewed by Wallace during research for his book, published a novel, The Original Seven Minutes, purporting to be the pornographic book described in Wallace's novel. Following legal action by Wallace, the book was withdrawn, and later republished as The Seven Erotic Minutes with the purported author's name and all references to Wallace removed.[1]


The book was made into the film, The Seven Minutes, by Russ Meyer in 1971, co-starring Philip Carey, John Carradine, Wayne Maunder, Tom Selleck, Harold J. Stone, Yvonne DeCarlo, Edy Williams, Marianne McAndrew, and Jay C. Flippen.

In popular culture[edit]

In the epilogue to the novel Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho cites Irving Wallace's book as a source of inspiration.


  1. ^ "Original Seven Minutes by JJ Jadway - Olympia Press, New York 1970". Retrieved 11 November 2012.