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The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses, Birmingham, Kevin

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

Authors: Birmingham, Kevin
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO007000, LIT024050, LIT004120
ISBN: 9781101585641, Related ISBNs: 0143127543, 0147520118, 1101564318, 1101585641, 1594203369
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 432
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction

“The arrival of a significant young nonfiction writer . . . A measured yet bravura performance.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times


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. 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 the book’s landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933. Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, The Most Dangerous Book is a gripping examination of how the world came to say Yes to Ulysses.

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