The self-censoring Hays Office in Hollywood cleaned up the risque I920s. In 1939, it had to approve Rhett Butler’s “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” in Gone with the Wind. By the 1960s, US self-censoring went the way of Britain’s. (Oh, for a few innocent damns, in place of what we have today.)
Paul Johnson (in his book, Intellectua . . .