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Joyce, James
Published by VINTAGE, NEW YORK (1961)
With a forward by Morris L. Ernst and the decision of the United States District Court rendered by Judge John M. Woosley

Measures 8x5x1.75 inches Weighs 1 pound 6 ounces
Paperback 783 pages

Condition: Good.
Large copy has shelf wear, slightly creased cover, creased spine. Is a sturdy well built copy. Pages are mostly clean, I did see one sentence neatly underlined. Else appears good. Damp stain at outer edges does not affect the pages, fortunately.

has exonerated Ulysses of the charge of obscenity, handing
down an opinion that bids fair to become a major event in the
history of the struggle for free expression. Joyce's masterpiece,
for the circulation of which people have been branded crimi­
nals in the past, may now freely enter this country.
It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of Judge
Woolsey's decision. For decades the censors have fought to
emasculate literature. They have tried to set up the sensibilities
of the prudery-ridden as a criterion for society, have sought to
reduce the reading matter of adults to the level of adolescents
and subnormal persons, and have nurtured evasions and sancti­
The Ulysses case marks a turning point. It is a body-blow for
the censors. The necessity for hypocrisy and circumlocution in
literature has been eliminated. Writers need no longer seek
refuge in euphemisms. They may now describe basic human
functions without fear of the law.
The Ulysses case has a three-fold significance. The definition
and criteria of obscenity have long vexed us. Judge Woolsey
has given us a formula which is lucid, rational and practical. In
doing so he has not only charted a labyrinthine branch of the
law, but has written an opinion which raises him to the level
of former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as a
master of juridical prose. His service to the cause of free letters
has been of no lesser moment. But perhaps his greatest service
has been to the community. The precedent he has established
will do much to rescue the mental pabulum of the public from
the censors who have striven to convert it into treacle, and will
help to make it the strong, provocative fare it ought to be.

The first week of December 1933 will go down in history for
two repeals, that of Prohibition and that of the legal compulsion for
squeamishness in literature. It is not inconceivable
these two have been closely interlinked in the recent past, and
that sex repressions found vent in intemperance At any rate
we may now imbibe freely of the contents of bottles and forth-
right books. It may well be that in the future the repeal of the
sex taboo in letters will prove to be of the greater importance
Perhaps the intolerance which closed our distilleries was the in-
tolerance which decreed that basic human functions had to be
treated in books in a furtive, leering, roundabout manner.
Happily, both of these have now been repudiated.
The Ulysses case is the culmination of a protracted and stub­
born struggle against the "censors dating back to the victory
over the New York Vice Society in the Mademoiselle de Maupin
case in 1922. Coming in logical sequence after the Well of Lone­
liness case, the Dennett case, the cases involving Dr. Stopes'
books, the Casanova's Homecoming case, the Frankie and
Johnnie case, and the God's Little Acre case, all of which have
served to liberalize the law of obscenity, the victory of Ulysses
is a fitting climax to the salutary forward march of our courts.
Under the Ulysses case it should henceforth be ™DosjWj
for the censors legally to sustain an attack against any DOO
artistic integrity, no matter how frank and forthright it may be.
We have travelled a long way from the days of Bowdler and
Mrs. Grundy and Comstock. We may well rejoice over
New York, December 11, 1933

Ulysses James Joyce Vintage, New York (1961) Paperback, fwd by Morris Ernst & US District Court Judge John M Woosley Previously Banned Book


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