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The most dangerous book : the battle for James Joyce's Ulysses / Kevin Birmingham.

Birmingham, Kevin. (Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Jay Co PL - Portland 823.912 B619 (Text) 76383000433913 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780143127543
  • Physical Description: 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2015.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-405) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Nighttown -- Nora Barnacle -- The vortex -- Trieste -- Smithy of souls -- Little modernisms -- The Medici of Modernism -- Zurich -- Power and postage -- The woolfs -- Brutal madness -- Shakespeare and Company -- Hell in New York -- The ghost of Comstock -- Elijah is coming -- The people of the State of New York v. Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap -- Circe burning -- The bible of the outcasts -- The booklegger -- The King's chimney -- The pharmacopeia -- Glamour of the clandestine -- Modern classics -- Treponema -- Search and seizure -- The United States of America v. one book called "Ulysses" -- The tables of the law.
Summary, etc.:
For more than a decade, the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. James Joyce's big blue book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But the genius of Ulysses was also its danger: it omitted absolutely nothing. All of the minutiae of Leopold Bloom's day, including its unspeakable details, unfold with careful precision in its pages. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice immediately banned the novel as "obscene, lewd, and lascivious." Joyce, along with some of the most important publishers and writers of his era, had to fight for years to win the freedom to publish it. The most dangerous book tells the remarkable story surrounding Ulysses, from the first stirrings of Joyce's inspiration in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
Subject: Joyce, James, 1882-1941. Ulysses
Joyce, James, 1882-1941. Ulysses > Criticism, Textual.
Censorship > History > 20th century.
Authors and publishers > History > 20th century.
Law and literature > History > 20th century.
Trials (Obscenity) > History > 20th century.

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