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

By Kevin Birmingham

"A nice story—how modernism introduced down the regime of censorship—told as a good tale. Kevin Birmingham's innovative scholarship brings Joyce and his global to lifestyles. there's a clean element on approximately each page."—Louis Menand, Pulitzer prize-winning writer of The Metaphysical Club

For greater than a decade, the e-book that literary critics now ponder an important novel within the English language used to be unlawful to possess, promote, market it or buy in lots of the English-speaking global. James Joyce's enormous blue booklet, Ulysses, ushered within the modernist period and altered the radical all the time. however the genius of Ulysses was once additionally its chance: it passed over completely not anything. the entire trivia of Leopold Bloom's day, together with its unspeakable information, spread with cautious precision in its pages. the recent York Society for the Suppression of Vice instantly banned the unconventional as "obscene, lewd, and lascivious." Joyce, besides essentially the most vital publishers and writers of his period, needed to struggle for years to win the liberty to put up it. The most deadly Book tells the extraordinary tale surrounding Ulysses, from the 1st stirrings of Joyce's suggestion in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.

Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce's years as a tender author, his feverish paintings on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the version for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia seashore. Their help helped Joyce struggle an array of anti-vice crusaders whereas his ebook used to be disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned within the usa and Britain. The lengthy fight for booklet further to the becoming pressures of Joyce's deteriorating eyesight, funds and residential life.

Salvation eventually got here from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random apartment, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties attorney. With their stewardship, the case finally rested at the literary advantage of Joyce's grasp paintings. The sixty-year-old judicial practices governing obscenity within the usa have been overturned simply because a federal pass judgement on may get within Molly Bloom's head.

Birmingham's archival paintings brings to mild new information regarding either Joyce and the tale surrounding Ulysses. Written for ardent Joyceans in addition to beginners who are looking to get to the guts of the best novel of the 20th century, The most threatening Book is a gripping exam of the way the area got here to claim definite to Ulysses.

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The Kafka Encyclopedia has been a long time in the making. The process began in spring 1996, when Greenwood Press approached Richard Gray about authoring an encyclopedia on Kafka for its reference book series. Realizing that this was not a project that could be suitably accomplished by a single author, Gray initially recruited Ruth Gross as coauthor. Under consultation with her, Gray compiled the original list of entries to be included in the Encyclopedia. Because of extensive professional and administrative commitments by the two original authors, progress on the book moved slowly for the first several years, and the decision was eventually made to invite others to become part of an author collective.

One reason for this uniqueness is the special interpretive challenge Kafka's texts present to their readers: although his novels and stories are written in a lucid prose that appears on the surface to be simple and straightforward, this stylistic facade conceals thoughts so complex and structures so convoluted as to defy immediate understanding. The result is that Kafka has become one of the most frequently read and yet one of the most bewildering of all twentiethcentury writers. One reason for Kafka's popularity is the very readability of his prose—as opposed, for example, to that of James Joyce, a modernist writer with whom he is often compared.

Since we anticipate that readers of the Encyclopedia will primarily, but not exclusively, be readers of English, we have tended to privilege secondary works written in English. However, important scholarly works composed in German are also included, especially when, as is sometimes the case, no substantial scholarship on a given text has appeared in English. To facilitate use of the Encyclopedia, we have provided various alternative tables of contents that group the entries according to several of the broad categories outlined above.

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