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United States v. One Book Called Ulysses

Significance, Two Percent For Life, "his Locale Was Celtic And His Season Spring", Did Censorship Help ?


State of New York


One Book Entitled Ulysses by James Joyce

Plaintiff's Claim

The book violated national standards for obscenity.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

Nicholas Atlas, Samuel C. Coleman, Martin Conboy

Chief Defense Lawyers

Morris L. Ernst, Alexander Lindey


John M. Woolsey


New York, New York

Date of Decision

26 November 1933


The book was ruled not obscene.


Gilbert, Stuart. James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study by Stuart Gilbert. New York: Vintage, 1955.

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