Origin of the Behind the Green Door story?
November 9, 2010 4:19 PM Subscribe
What's the story behind the print version of "Behind the Green Door" that circulated for awhile before the porn film was made?
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The wiki page for the 1972 film states that the movie "was adapted from an anonymous short story of the same title, which was circulated by means of numerous carbon copies."
Although there's no source listed on the wiki page for that piece of information, it may come from the 1994 book "Sexing the Millennium", which states that the film was "based on a story that had circulated for many years by means of typed carbon copies, an original underground classic."
I recently stumbled upon what I think is one of those many carbon copies versions (16 one-sided pages) and was just curious about it.
Is it possible to determine the date of this copy? Was there only one version that went around or were there multiple versions? My version has multiple (typewriter) corrections and the first three pages are in all caps. Why didn't someone re-type a nice looking version? Would someone make a bunch of carbon copies and then give them out to many people at work or school or hangouts? Or were people instructed to pick up a copy at an adult bookstore for free? Who originally wrote it? Were there similar stories that were distributed around the same time? If so, why did Behind the Green Door become more popular than other stories? Does "circulated for many years" mean five years, ten years, or ??