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Little Review The Little Review. Chicago: M. C. Anderson, 1918.

Ulysses was first published in serial form in The Little Review, beginning in 1918. Censorship issues immediately arose, eventually forcing a halt to its serialization in 1920. Copies of The Little Review were confiscated, and editors Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap were convicted in New York of publishing obscene literature.


Ulysses

James Joyce, 1882-1941.
Ulysses; with an introduction by Stuart Gilbert and illustrations by Henri Matisse. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935.

The French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954) revolutionized art in the early twentieth century. His work for Ulysses includes six original copperplate etchings and twenty photogravure reproductions of studies for the etchings on colored paper. The images depict subjects found in Homer's Odyssey rather than Joyce's recasting of the epic.


Two Worlds

Two Worlds: A Literary Quarterly Devoted to the Increase of the Gaiety of Nations. New York: New World Publishing Co., 1925.

Samuel Roth published an unauthorized and bowdlerized version of Ulysses in his new magazine Two Worlds. In December 1928, the Supreme Court of New York entered a consent decree enjoining Roth from publishing any further work by James Joyce. Flouting both the injunction against him personally and the obscenity ban against Ulysses in the United States, Roth sold bound, two-volume sets of Two Worlds. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice seized copies of Roth's edition in October 1929.


James Joyce, 1882-1941.
Ulysses; etchings by Robert Motherwell. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1988.
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), a founder of Abstract Expressionism, counted Joyce as his favorite modern author and drew upon Joyce's writings for titles for paintings, drawings, and prints throughout his career. Arion Press printed only 175 of this luxurious edition, of which only 150 were for sale.
Ulysses James Joyce, 1882-1941.
Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.

The first complete publication of Ulysses was issued in a limited edition of 1000 copies by Sylvia Beach, proprietor of the Shakespeare & Co. book shop. The London edition published later that year had 2000 copies, 500 of which were confiscated and burned by the New York Post Office authorities as obscene. The first legal edition in America was not published until 1934, by Random House.


James Joyce, 1882-1941.
Ulysses; illustrations by Susan Stillman. New York: Book-of-the-Month Club, 1982.

Within a few years of its founding in 1926, Book-of-the Month Club became hugely successful, selling both classic and modern literature to millions of upward-striving middle-class readers. Ulysses, with its controversial past and "literary" reputation, would appeal to purchasers who would want to own, but not necessarily read,


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