June 16, 2010


Happy Bloomsday. On December 6, 1933, Judge John Woolsey ruled that James Joyce's Ulysses could be imported into the United States, since it was not, as the United States government maintained, obscene. The Second Circuit affirmed. United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses by James Joyce, 72 F.2d 705, 706 (2d Cir. 1934).

And just in time, Apple has done a 180 on its attitude toward Robert Berry's Ulysses app. Yesterday his images were too, well, nude for the Job(s).

More on Bloomsday from the L.A. Times, Bloomsdayrun.org, the James Joyce Centre, and the New York Times.


Corn-Revere, Robert, New Age Comstockery, 4 CommLaw Conspectus 173 (1996).

Ernst, Morris L., Reflections on the Ulysses Trial and Censorship, 3 James Joyce Quarterly 3-11 (Fall 1965).

Gillers, Stephen, A Tendency to Deprave and Corrupt: The Transformation of American Obscenity Law from Hicklin to Ulysses, 85 Washington University Law Review 215–96 (2007)
Pagnattaro, Marisa Anne, Carving a Literary Exception: The Standard and Ulysses, (Summer 2001).

Segall, Jeffrey, Joyce in America: Cultural Politics and the Trials of Ulysses (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

Vanderham, Paul, James Joyce and Censorship: the Trials of Ulysses New York: New York University Press (1998).

Younger Irving, "Ulysses in Court: The Litigation Surrounding the First Publication of James Joyce's Novel in the United States", in Classics of the Courtroom (James W. McElhaney ed.; PEG, 1989).

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