Author(s): Kevin Birmingham
'The bomb has exploded. It will blow a hole in the well-guarded prison of English Literature.' The Quarterly Review. THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK tells the painful, heartbreaking, exhilirating story of how Joyce's novel was conceived, written, published, burned, acclaimed and excoriated before taking its place as a masterpiece of world literature. Joyce's book ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel forever. But, for more than a decade, ULYSSES was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase. Joyce himself was a penniless outcast, reliant on his faithful supporters to keep both himself and his family going. After decades of research, Kevin Birmingham brings this remarkable story to life: from the first stirrings of inspiration in 1904 to the landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
'Riveting... populated with enough larger-than-life characters and twists to make a fiction writer envious.' Matthew Pearl. 'A wonderfully eye-opening read... superb.' Frank Delaney. 'Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life.' Louis Menand.
Kevin Birmingham is a lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard. He was a bartender in a Dublin pub featured in ULYSSES for one day before he was unceremoniously fired. This is his first book.