Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wednesday, December 6, 1933

Nadine and Ruth and Pauline and I rode to school. Nadien's father took us. We are having dictionary tests in English. Stayed with Mrs. Raifert.

Ulysses by James Joyce
1922 first edition cover

On December 6, 1933, U.S. District Court Judge John M. Woolsey ruled that
James Joyce’s “Ulysses” did not violate federal obscenity law, despite erotic passages
and vulgar words. The court put forth a new test for obscenity: whether the work would
 “lead to sexually impure and lustful thoughts” in adults. Earlier in 1933, publisher
Random House had challenged the obscenity ban by importing Ulysses into
 this country. The book was seized by U.S. Customs, and the case was brought to trial.

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