The Most Dangerous Book

The Most Dangerous Book

The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

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THE SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014.

THE ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014.

For more than a decade, the book now considered the most important novel in the English language was illegal to sell, advertise or import. Its author lived in exile; his supporters on the edge of the law.

THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK tells the painful yet exhilarating story of how Joyce's ULYSSES was conceived, written, published, burned, acclaimed and excoriated before taking its place as a masterpiece of world literature.

Publisher: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781784080716
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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I just finished reading The Most Dangerous Book: the Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. I love this period of literary history and given that Ulysses often makes the top novels of all time - often at number one - this fascinating book testifies to the book's impact on the making of our modern world. ~Krista

manoush Jun 01, 2015

What a masterful work. This completely absorbing, exceptionally well-executed book tells the amazing story of how James Joyce's Ulysses "transformed from an insurgency to an institution." Birmingham's book is a life history of a novel, not just its author. It weaves together social and legal history, literary criticism, and some excruciatingly detailed medical descriptions (about Joyce's eye diseases) into a wonderfully engaging, light handed narrative. It's stunning how many people Birmingham manages to include here, starting with Joyce's inspiration and life partner Nora; his literary and financial patrons; the moralizing persecutors who hounded him and the crusading publishers who took risks on him; the book smugglers and pirates who helped disseminate his novel; and the supportive judge whose decision legalized Ulysses's publication in America. Just as Joyce's admirers were awed by his achievement, as a reader I'm awed by Birmingham's deft weaving of thousands of strands into a coherent, engrossing story.

ser_library Nov 17, 2014

a wonderful read; i stayed up to late one evening and the next day almost missed my bus stop while i read.

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