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The Most Dangerous Book For 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 Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce s years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T S Eliot and Sylvia Beach Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain The long struggle for publication added to the growing pressures of Joyce s deteriorating eyesight, finances and home life Salvation finally came from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random House, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties lawyer and founder of the ACLU With their stewardship, the case ultimately rested on the literary merit of Joyce s master work The sixty year old judicial practices governing obscenity in the United States were overturned because a federal judge could get inside Molly Bloom s head Birmingham s archival work brings to light new information about both Joyce and the story surrounding Ulysses 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. Best Read Kindle ePUB The Most Dangerous Book By Kevin Birmingham – eiyo.us

Read The Most Dangerous BookBy Kevin Birmingham – eiyo.us
  • Hardcover
  • 419 pages
  • The Most Dangerous Book
  • Kevin Birmingham
  • English
  • 11 January 2018
  • 1594203369

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  1. says:

    TWO REVIEWS 1 THE SHORT VERSIONFor all Joyce fans this is a MUST READ.2 THE LONG VERSIONIn 1915 James Joyce was 33, unemployed, as poor as he d ever been, with a wife and 2 young kids, living in Trieste, a few miles from where bombs were exploding and soldiers dying in thousands His only book, Dubliners, had sold 412 copies since it was finally published in June 1914 It had taken 10 years to get published No one would touch his novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with a twenty fo TWO REVIEWS 1 THE SHORT VERSIONFor all Joyce fans this is a MUST READ.2 THE LONG VERSIONIn 1915 James Joyce was 33, unemployed, as poor as he d ever been, with a wife and 2 young kids, living in Trieste, a few miles from where bombs were exploding and soldiers dying in thousands His only book, Dubliners, had sold 412 copies since it was finally published in June 1914 It had taken 10 years to get published No one would touch his novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with a twenty foot pole So, then, the perfect time and setting to begin Ulysses It took 8 years and...


  2. says:

    Today James Joyce s Ulysses is a modern classic, freely available in dozens of editions and languages Once upon a time, though, it was considered obscene and illegal You could be arrested for owning a copy.Harvard lecturer Kevin Birmingham s fascinating book examines the work s unusual history, from the original kernel of inspiration a man helping Joyce after a drunken fight in Dublin s St Stephen s Green to the legal decision that changed ...


  3. says:

    Birmingham s book won me over by the end I m not fond of his writing style, his analysis of Ulysses as a work of art is fairly superficial, and there is a brevity and breeziness about the book as a whole that often left me unfulfilled, but as a historian he has his shit together, and we are not likely to get acomplete telling of the struggles, personal and institutional, that James Joyce, Harriet Shaw Weaver, Sylvia Beach et al had to endure and surmount to see Joyce s first masterpiece Birmingham s book won me over by the end I m not fond of his writing style, his analysis of Ulysses as...


  4. says:

    The Most Dangerous Book The Battle for James Joyce s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham is the book about the book Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D in English from Harvard, where he is a lecturer in History Literature and an instructor in the university s writing program.I am old enough to remember the Larry Flynt obscenity trial and remember hearing it compared to Howl At the time I figured Flynt must be doing something absolutely vile because, it was the bicentennial year and America st The Most Dangerous Book The Battle for James Joyce s Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham is the book about the book Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D in English from Harvard, where he is a lecturer in History Literature and an instructor in the university s writing program.I am old enough to remember the Larry Flynt obscenity trial and remember hearing it compared to Howl At the time I figured Flynt...


  5. says:

    As a girl I was not able to understand the attraction of Joyce s Ulysses Just as Birmingham tells us, lawyers defending Joyce on charges of indecency used the defense that young girls would neither understand nor be much interested in Joyce s supposedly great work, and therefore he was not corrupting them As far as I was concerned, that was true I never got to the good bits I just didn t understand what the heck he was talking about He was crude, he was blunt, and he was clear enough for As a girl I was not able to understand the attraction of Joyce s Ulysses Just as Birmingham tells us, lawyers defending Joyce on charges of indecency used the defense that young girls would neither understand nor be much interested in Joyce s supposedly great work, and therefore he was not corrupting them As far as I was concerned, that was true I never got to the good bits I just didn t understand what the heck he was talking about He was crude, he was blunt, and he was clear enough for me to know that if I wanted ...


  6. says:

    I hope that Kevin Birmingham plans to enter the Pu this year in Nonfiction for The Most Dangerous Book because it certainly is worthy of it The narrative shows depth of scholarship and an accessible literary style, which reads like creative nonfiction It s a miracle that Ulysses ever came to see the light of day The depth of the poverty and physical suffering of Joyce, who essentially lived to embody Polyphemus, the Cyclops, of Homer s Odyssey, assembled Ulysses piecemeal despite ever I hope that Kevin Birmingham plans to enter the Pu this year in Nonfiction for The Most Dangerous Book because it certainly is worthy of it The narrative shows depth of scholarship and an accessible literary style, which reads li...


  7. says:

    The Most Dangerous Book attempts something big, and to a large extent pulls it off To tell not only the story of how James Joyce came to write Ulysses, his struggle to get it published in the face of critical and legal adversitities, and through that lens the story of how Victorian moralities and censorship laws were forced to make way for the modern ist world, never to be heard of again uh, maybe Joyce s novel represented not a finished monument of high culture but an ongoing fight for fr The Most Dangerous Book attempts something big, and to a large extent pulls it off To tell not only the story of how James Joyce came to write Ulysses, his struggle to get it published in the face of critical and legal adversitities, and through that lens the story of how Victorian mor...


  8. says:

    I would give this book ten stars if possible Not only is this book interesting and engaging, but it falls under the category of important books to read Not only does it follow James Joyce as he writes ULYSSES and the difficulties that follow with the publication process due to it being deemed obscene, but this book gives a lot of information about the history of the suppression of published material in the U.S., England, and France in the early 1900s By reading about book burnings By rea I would give this book ten stars if possible Not only is this book interesting and engaging, but it falls under the category of important books to read Not only does it follow James Joyce as he writes ULYSSES and the diffic...


  9. says:

    I ve been raving to anyone who will listen about this wonderful new book from Kevin Birmingham about James Joyce s Ulysses Inevitably someone says that he she couldn t read Ulysses, so why read a critical book about an unreadable book Of course, I found the novel difficult also I understood and embraced some chapters and despaired over others But even in its difficulty, most people internalize some of its images, its magisterial sweep, its originality The idea is simple a single day in the I ve been raving to anyone who will listen about this wonderful new book from Kevin Birmingham about James Joyce s Ulysses Inevitably someone says that he she couldn t read Ulysses, so why read a critical book about an unreadable book Of course, I found the novel difficult also I understood and embraced some chapters and despaired over others But even in its difficulty, most people internalize some of its images, its magisterial sweep, its originality The idea is simple a single day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom is a kind of odyssey, detailed and wandering, with parallels to the Greek epic Birmingham s carefully researched Most Dangerous Book leads the reader through the turmoil of the writing of Ulysses, its publication and censorship battles It s a great narrative No, you don t need to have read the novel but it will lend depth to the rea...


  10. says:

    Birmingham does an excellent job of portraying of the unsettled social and political environment that existed when Joyce began his work, and the array of personalities who worked for and against publication The scenes of American and British public battlegrounds alternate with descriptions of Joyce s personal battlegrounds of poverty, ill health and emotional outbursts Birmingham s pages regarding the trials, with their legal issues and arguments, are clear, even though I suspect they were sig Birmingham does an excellent...

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