[INTERNATIONAL PROTEST] IT IS A MATTER OF COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT THE ULYSSES OF MR. JAMES JOYCE IS ... [first line]
by [Joyce, James]
Paris, 1927. Folio broadside (35 x 21.2 cm), printed on recto only. Old horizontal fold, trace of dust darkening along a portion of the extreme right margin, lower right corner creased; otherwise, a very good to near fine copy of this fragile item. The separate broadside printing of the English text of the protest by over 160 writers and other dignitaries mounted against Samuel Roth and his unauthorized piracy of segments of ULYSSES for publication in TWO WORLDS MONTHLY. Joyce had engaged Benjamin Connor, through the firm of Chadbourne, Stanchfield and Levy, to pursue legal action against Roth, but in the face of the inevitable slow forward movement of such action, he asked Archibald MacLeish and Ludwig Lewisohn to draft the text of this protest. The text was circulated and the signers, including Einstein, Eliot, Hemingway, Mann, Loy, Yeats, Woolf, Lawrence, Lewis, Stephens, Wells, Wilder and many others, got on board. The protest was dated and issued to the press coincident with Joyce's birthday, in both English and French printings, and the whole was reprinted in the April 1927 issue of TRANSITION. Of course, the protest had no effect on Roth's continued publication of bowdlerized excerpts from ULYSSES - in September of 1926 he had run out of available text from WIP to print - and ULYSSES continued to be excerpted through the issues of September and October of 1927 (the latter issued only as part of the publisher's bound 3 volume format). ELLMANN (1965 printing), pp.598-9. SLOCUM & CAHOON C68 (note). (Inventory #: WRCLIT76254)
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