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August 7, 2013

Ulysses in America

James Joyce    (1882 - 1941)

James Joyce
(1882 – 1941)

by Steve King

On this day in 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling allowing James Joyce’s Ulysses into America. This enabled Random House to issue the first U.S. edition, over a decade after Sylvia Beach’s original Paris edition; according to Random House editor Bennett Cerf, the case hinged entirely and hilariously upon one of these smuggled Beach editions.

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