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JOYCE, James.

International Protest.

Published: Paris: 2 February, 1927

Stock code: 102364

Price: £4,250

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French text of the protest against Samuel Roth’s piracy of Ulysses in Two Worlds Monthly. Joyce, frustrated by the slow-moving legal proceedings against Roth, had this protest drawn up, which he revised. More than 167 literary and cultural figures added their names to the protest, including Wyndham Lewis, E. M, Forster, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, W. B. Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, Virigina Woolf, and T. S. Eliot. It was released to the press on Joyce’s birthday, and later reprinted in the April 1927 issue of Transition. The protest turned Roth into a literary pariah but failed to restrain him from printing more instalments. The injunction which Joyce won against Roth on 28 December 1928 only managed to put a temporary stop to his activities: the following year he published a piracy of the novel under the fictitious imprint of “Shakespeare and Company, Paris 1927”. This unauthorised edition, effectively the first American edition, was later used as a template by Random House for their 1934 edition, which remained the standard edition in the US until 1961.

Folio, single leaf. A lightly creased, clean sheet.

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