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    First Appearance in Print of Any Part of Ulysses

    [James Joyce]. First Installment of Ulysses in The Little Review Magazine. New York: Margaret Anderson, March 1918. The first installment of the first appearance of Ulysses. A total of twenty-three installments were issued by The Little Review between March 1918 and December 1920, before publication was halted by an action from the Society for the Suppression of Vice. Original publisher's printed wraps, which have been rebacked and restored. Although a large chip in the upper border of the front cover has been replaced, there is chipping in its lower right corner. Covers with edge wear, small corner bends, light creases and color fade; pages toned, somewhat brittle with small tears and chips. Nonetheless in very good repaired condition.
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    In August 1915, Ezra Pound arranged to have episodes of Ulysses serialized in two magazines for which he served as an editor, The Egoist in England and The Little Review in the United States. The Egoist, Vol. V, No.2. February, 1918 prints a brief announcement about the forthcoming publication of Joyce's 'Ulysses' (stating that it is to be issued in parts, beginning with the March 1918 issue of 'The Egoist').  The Egoist, Vol. V, No. 6. June-July, 1918 prints a nine-line "Notice" regarding their inability to print the first installment of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' due to "ultimate refusal of several printers to print in full certain portions of the text. " (Ultimately, The Egoist only published four episodes of Ulysses - "Nestor", "Proteus", "Hades", and "Wandering Rocks").

    Meanwhile, back in the United States.

    The Little Review was founded in 1914 by Margaret Anderson; its subtitle was "A Magazine of the Arts, Making no Compromise with the Public Taste." When Anderson first read Joyce's "Proteus," she exclaimed "This is the most beautiful thing we'll ever have. We'll print it if it's the last effort of our lives." In the Autumn of 1917, Joyce began submitting typescripts for publication in The Little Review and the first episode, "Ulysses I", appeared in the March 1918 issue. This eighteen page contribution, The First Appearance of Any Part of Ulysses in Print, signaled the beginning of a new era, for the realism of the new modern literature clashed with Victorian and Edwardian mores.


    "The history of Ulysses in the United States begins with the serialization of the book in the Little Review magazine, edited by Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap. Several issues of the Little Review containing parts of Ulysses were seized by the US postal authorities on the basis that they contained obscene material. This eventually drew the attention of John S. Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, who took a case against the editors of the Little Review and against the book Ulysses. As a result, a complete ban on the publication of Ulysses was introduced in 1921 and the importation of Ulysses into the United States was prohibited. Anderson and Heap were fined $50 each, and the humiliation of having her fingerprints taken by police was something that Margaret Anderson never forgot." -

    Stacey Herbert. "75 Years Since the First Authorised American Ulysses!" The James Joyce Center website:


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