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US Federal Judge Rules James Joyce's Ulysses Not Obscene (1933)

For more than a decade after its debut, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, was banned in the US. A literary magazine had attempted to publish it in serial form, but the series was cut short after the publishers ran a rather suggestive passage and were convicted of obscenity. When the implicit ban on the book was finally challenged in 1933, Judge John M. Woolsey praised the work for its literary merits and ruled that it was not obscene. How did a publisher force the issue to court? More...
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Episode 5, Lotus Eaters

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US Federal Judge Rules James Joyce's Ulysses Not Obscene (1933)
For more than a decade after its debut, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, was banned in the US. A literary magazine had attempted to publish it in serial form, but the series was cut short after the publishers ran a rather suggestive passage and were convicted of obscenity. When the implicit ban on the book was finally challenged in 1933, Judge John M. Woolsey praised the work for its literary merits and ruled that it was not obscene.
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I have never read this, so I have no idea how obscene it might be. But I think one of the factors in the decision that it is not obscene might not have been its 'literary merit' and more the fact that it is so blinkin hard to read. No simple souls were at risk of being damaged, and any erotic thrill is probably buried under the effort required to understand what he is going on about. Whistle

Lady Chatterly's lover, on the other hand, I can see what the fuss was about. Relative to dedicated pornography, it is nothing, of course, but as a novel it did push the boundaries. Whistle
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You should try Finnegan's Wake: More a symptom of mental illness than literature. Ulysses has merit though and influenced many subsequent authors. Don't think I have time or inclination to read it again though.

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Remarkable ruling.
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BTW, Ulysses is not obscene. Some passages of the novel may be termed as risqué at most.
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