Charles Albert Oberwager
Charles Albert Oberwager (June 20, 1882 - ?) was a lawyer and later a judge in Manhattan who presided over the case of the publication of Satyricon in 1922, ruling it was a classic book and not a pornographic book.
As a judge he presided over the case of the publication of Satyricon and its condemnation by John Saxton Sumner of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. His 1922 ruling declared it was a classic and not pornographic. In 1926 he ruled that "women shouldn't roll their stockings down in public" and ordered a women be put in detention for three months.
Oberwager's widow died in 1987.
- "Correspondent of Vice Society Suggests Magistrate May Have Been Misled. Oberwager in Reply Stands By His Decision Holding Petronius a Classic". New York Times. October 8, 1922. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "Censor Again Loses In Fight On Books. Vice Society's Complaint Against 'Satyricon' Thrown Out by Magistrate. Literary Value Is Upheld. Oberwager Declares Condemnation Because of Slight Obscenity Would Doom Even Bible". New York Times. September 28, 1922. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "Anna Oberwager". New York Times. September 11, 1987. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "Judge Charles A. Oberwager's decision rendered in the Magistrate's Court of the City of New York in dismissing the complaint of Mr. Summer ... against Boni & Liveright, who were charged ... for publishing The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter". 1922. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- Dawn B. Sova (2006). Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds.
- John D. Stevens (writer). Sensationalism and the New York Press.
- "To Honor Judge Oberwager Today". New York Times. October 23, 1931. Retrieved 2013-11-25.