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

Kevin Birmingham

"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 the United States. 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." Random House fought for the literary merit of the work, challenged standing obscenity laws, and broke barriers for the rights of artistic expression.