We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.
— Henry Fielding, born on this date in 1707
It seems to me that S.J. Perelman quoted Jimmy Walker, mayor of New York, as saying in regard to Replenishing Emily that no girl was ever seduced by a book. Or perhaps just not that book: I believe that a New England jury tended to fall asleep when the attorneys read long excerpts to them during an obscenity trial.