7 - 8 April 2004
JOYCE, James. Ulysses--[Ludwig LEWISOHN (1882-1955) and Archibald MACLEISH (1892-1982)]. [Protest Against Samuel Roth's Piracy of Ulysses], the text commencing: 'It is a matter of common knowledge that the Ulysses of Mr. James Joyce ...'. Paris: [s.n.], 2 February 1927.
Broadside (345 x 210mm). Printed on recto only. (Fold-creases, a few short marginal tears, one skilfully silked.) Later clear plastic sleeve.
FIRST EDITION. Samuel Roth's New York journal Two Worlds Monthly published 14 episodes of Ulysses in a bowdlerized form in 12 instalments between July 1926 and October 1927, which were subsequently issued in book form in two volumes. This serialisation was not authorised by Joyce, but as Ulysses was banned in America, the author had no copyright protection. Joyce sought an injunction, but because the legal process was likely to be slow, he decided to supplement it with a public protest. The statement was drawn up by Lewisohn and MacLeish and signed by 167 writers and intellectuals worldwide, including Croce, Einstein, Eliot, Gide, Pirandello, Unamuno, Woolf and Yeats; it was then issued to the press on 2 February 1927--Joyce's birthday and the fifth anniversery of the publication of Ulysses. However, the protest had little effect on Roth, and he continued undeterred until an injunction was granted against him on 27 December 1928. Nonetheless, Roth then went on to publish a piracy of Ulysses under the fictitious imprint 'Shakespeare and Company ... Paris 1927' in 1929.
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