☆ The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses || ☆ PDF Read by ✓ Kevin Birmingham

  • Title: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Author: Kevin Birmingham
  • ISBN: 9781594203367
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 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 absolutelyFor 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.
    Kevin Birmingham
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    Paul Bryant
    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 [...]

    Glenn Sumi
    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 the course of literature and our idea [...]

    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 a more complete 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 master [...]

    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 Americ [...]

    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 e [...]

    David Lentz
    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 [...]

    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 freed [...]

    Anthony Eller
    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 readi [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

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    Jenny (Reading Envy)
    "These days, Ulysses may seem more eccentric than epoch changing, and it can be difficult to see how Joyce's novel (how any novel, perhaps) could have been revolutionary. This is because all revolutions look tame from the other side."This quotation comes near the end in The Most Dangerous Book, but sums up what you will find inside. It isn't just the story of how Ulysses was banned and censored for obscenity and changed how literature is evaluated for these things, although that story in itself [...]

    Mientras Leo
    qué bueno!La edición, la historia, el tema todo es digno de ser marcado en este libro en el que el ensayo y la novela se fusionan para dar vida al título "Ulises" y a su autor en un momento social interesantísimo.entremontonesdelibros

    Wow, this book was fascinating. Ulysses was presented to me as an impenetrable classic (now on my 3rd read) but never as clandestine smut. Imagine resorting to Molly's soliloquy for titillation? Thank Jimmy Joyce for your spurious internet pursuits. He paved the way via "High Art." Went downhill from there - nudge, wink.

    Biblio Curious
    Books like this mess up the star rating for everyone! The author is very pro-Joyce but is writing with a clearly biased American agenda. He gives a sweeping overview of the history of censorship & book banning in American history. He touches on this subject in Europe. He also goes into Joyce's creative process & relationship with Nora. And, he gives brief, non-spoilery commentary on Ulysses itself. If nothing else, read only the Epilogue. Then I dare you, will this book compel you to rea [...]

    Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley. Of all the Joyce works that I have read, I think Dubliners is the best. There is perfection in each of those stories. I’ve read Portrait and Ulysses. Today, we don’t really consider Joyce to be shocking. After all, you can hear worse by simply turning on the television or radio. We have ads about men finding ways to solve their erectile dysfunction. We have stars showing us their everything. In short, shocking has changed in meaning. It’s good, therefor [...]

    Loring Wirbel
    With more than a thousand biographies of James Joyce and analyses of Ulysses out there, could Kevin Birmingham slice the pie in a unique enough way to make his book stand out? Yes, he could, and the narrative provides a synopsis of strange times in censorship that most readers would be far too young to appreciate, let alone remember. It's rhetorical to talk about a moment and a literary work that changed everything, but the decade-long effort to legitimize Ulysses really did change everything.Ou [...]

    James Murphy
    In our sexually-drenched culture it's hard to imagine a time when language such as that Joyce used in Ulysses to create his rich characters would be judged by governments to be obscene and unpublishable. That was the case, however, and Kevin Birmingham's book on how Ulysses overcame that to be declared legally fit to publish is terribly interesting, a terribly fascinating story well told.The Most Dangerous Book is an elegant combination of criticism, history, and biography relating how Ulysses c [...]

    THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses. (2014). Kevin Birmingham. ****.There is a saying: “The third time is a charm.” What this means – I think – is that if you fail at something twice, you will be successful the third time around. I’ve tried to read Ulysses twice now; once in college, where it was an assigned text, and once when I was in my forties. Now, I’m in my seventies and have a copy sitting on my “to-be-read shelf.” When I found this book, I thou [...]

    Donna Davis
    This book took me a long time to read, and at first I didn't understand why, because I care a great deal about the First Amendment, and the period in question, which is close to the Russian Revolution and is at a time when both socialism and anarchism attract huge meeting halls full of people. There's sharp reaction to that as well, hence the Espionage Act used as a club against little magazines that hardly anyone was reading anyway. Action and reaction were both potent forces.But it seems to me [...]

    Joshua May
    It is difficult to fathom that a work as highly praised and frequently referenced as James Joyce's Ulysses could stand to have it's history and significance illuminated any further at this late hour, but Kevin Birmingham appears here in his first publication with just such a torch. Birmingham's talent for combining a strong historical narrative with an unflinching eye for accuracy and inclusion is reminiscent of Shelby Foote's three volume epic on the Civil War. Above all else, the most engaging [...]

    Óscar Brox
    Como Robert Polito (y Jim Thompson) o Bruce Cook (y Dalton Trumbo), la de Kevin Birmingham es la clase de tarea literaria tan bigger than life que sería mezquino puntuarla (si es que puntuar no es ya de por sí mezquino y sospechoso) con menos estrellas. Lo importante es que es un repaso extraordinario de un libro extraordinario. Nada más.

    Seamus Thompson
    This is a fascinating, even riveting, account of how the first novel to attempt an uncensored depiction of the full spectrum of human thought and experience was conceived, written, published, banned, burned, smuggled, pirated and -- finally -- became the basis for the court decisions that overturned decades of prudish, restrictive obscenity laws and opened the door for the freedoms of expression we enjoy today. The first five paragraphs are a masterful hook, demonstrating with striking clarity j [...]

    I've never had the courage to tackle Ulysses, but was always curious about the controversy surrounding it and what made it such a literary landmark.Birmingham succeeds abundantly in satisfying my interest and tells a rollicking story to boot. And what a story it is. He sets the context in Victorian Europe, Puritan minded America, and the post World War I forces that rebelliously sought the overthrow of convention and complacency. It is a story with many heroes and villains. Joyce scratches out h [...]

    First and foremost I wish there were more stars. Having just finished Ulysses this summer I immediately picked up Mr. Birmingham's clever, insightful, moving and thoroughly well written book about, not just the man, but the creation, publication, censorship, trial and eventual victory of one of the most incredible books ever written.What made this book so wonderful was not only Mr. Birmingham's admiration for his subject (both the book and the man) but his deep understanding what Ulysses means n [...]

    Nicholas Whyte
    nwhytevejournal/2927887ml I am vaguely familiar with Joyce and Ulysses; I must say I had not appreciated just how strong the censorship regimes were in both the UK and the USA at the turn of the century, and the extent to which literary innovation was tied into political radicalism - The Little Review, which initially serialised Ulysses in America, was closely linked to Emma Goldman and generally sympathetic to anarchism. I also hadn't realised the crucial role of Ulysses in the origins of Rando [...]

    Only superlatives for this book--a fascinating story of the writing, publishing, banning, and trial of Ulysses. It includes a wonderful cast of characters, in addition to Joyce and Nora: great literary lights, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, F Scott, T.S. Eliot; women champions of Joyce/Ulysses, Margaret Anderson, Sylvia Beach, Harriet Weaver, plus various legal/business figures of the time. It is such a rich historical period. Oh, and then in the background of it all, Birmingham details Joyce's eye [...]

    Nikki Moustaki
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I learned a lot, too. The writing is brilliant, well organized, and accessible. Even if you're not a Joyce fan, this book's historical aspect is worth the read. I'm now a fan of this author, and I'm looking forward to seeing his next effort. Five stars!

    Ok, this was truly amazing, full 5-star. I promise a characteristically subjective review (well, rant) about the evils of censorship as soon as I get away from the distractions of the Florida beaches.

    Ryan Williams
    A good book of history reminds you just how improbable history is. Nothing is inevitable. A good example is this compelling, pacy account of how Ulysses was printed. Birmingham uses facts sparingly but cleverly. None of Joyce’s eye operations were performed under general anaesthetic. The advance of £50 he received from The Egoist for Portrait was equivalent to the magazine’s income for 1 year. The Nausicaa chapter was serialised in The Little Review and immediately prosecuted for obscenity; [...]

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