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The most dangerous book : the battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Author: Kevin Birmingham
Publisher: Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses New York : The Penguin Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: James Joyce; James Joyce; James Joyce; James Joyce
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Birmingham
ISBN: 1594203369 9781594203367 9780143127543 0143127543
OCLC Number: 861479084
Description: 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Kevin Birmingham.

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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.

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