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Previous Ines told me that one drop even if it got into you at all after I tried with the Banana but I was afraid it might break and get lost up in me somewhere because they once took something down out of a woman that was up there for years covered with limesalts theyre all mad to get in there where they come out of youd think they could never go far enough up and then theyre done with you in a way till the next times yes because theres a wonderful feeling there so tender all the time how did we finish it off yes O yes I pulled him off into my handkerchief pretending not to be excited but I opened my legs I wouldn't let him touch me inside my petticoat because I had a skirt opening up the side I tormented the life out of him first tickling him I loved rousing that dog in the hotel rrrssssttawokwokawok his eyes shut and a bird flying below us he was shy all the same I liked him like that moaning I made him blush a little I got over him that way when I unbuttoned him and took his out and drew back the skin it had a kind of eye in it theyre all Buttons down the middle on the wrong side of them Molly darling he called me what was his name Jack Joe Harry Mulvey was it yes...

Molly Bloom musing in bed from the "Penolope" episode of Ulysses, James Joyce, 1918, novel.
James Joyce's Ulysses

In 1918, James Joyce's novel Ulysses is published in installments by a small Greenwich Village magazine, The Little Review. The novel, which uses stream-of-consciousness storylines to compress universal concerns into a single day in the life of three characters in 1904 Dublin, immediately comes under the eye of the New York Anti-Vice Society because of its frank sexual content.

The publishers are tried under obscenity provisions in the U.S. Postal Code in 1920 and are found guilty, fined, and ordered to cease publication. Ulysses' banned status and publicity from the trial, however, generate widespread interest among some writers and readers.

In 1922, an American bookseller in Paris, Shakespeare and Co., publishes a first edition, which sells out instantly. Joyce finds champions in poets Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot and novelist Ernest Hemingway. He is hailed by some as the greatest modern writer of English prose. The book is routinely smuggled in to both the United States and Great Britain, where it is also banned.

Random House wages a four-year legal battle to publish Ulysses in the United States and wins its landmark case in 1934. Four years later, the book is published in England. By the end of the 20th century, Ulysses is taught in colleges and universities around the world. Scholars admire its audacity and poetical vision. Readers love its playful humor and humanity. Some critics consider its publication the signal event in the emergence of the modern novel. In 1998, a board of distinguished writers convened by Random House's Modern Library series selects Ulysses as the best novel of the century.


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