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[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses published in Two Worlds Monthly by it

[Joyce, James] Roth, Samuel. Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses - bowdlerized and published in Two Worlds Monthly by its editor Samuel Roth] - Complete set of all 11 publsihed issues. New York, Two Worlds Publishing Company, 1926 - 1927. Octavo. Pagination: Issues I - IV: 498 pages, Issue V - VIII: 476 pages, Issue IX - XI: 210 pages. Original Softcover wrappers. Very good + / Near Fine - condition with only minor signs of external wear. Two chips to spines only. Wonderful example of this unusual set.

Samuel Roth must be seen as one of the most persistant but highly interesting violator's of publishing rights and distributor of obscene materials during the 1920's to 1950's, a difficult time for these kind of endeavours.
His most famous clash with the law happened in 1927, when Sylvia Beach was pressed by James Joyce to stop Roth printing excerpts from Ulysses. Famously Roth not only caved but also published "An Offer to James Joyce" in the last installment of his short-lived periodical, anticipating the injunction that was to end his enterprise in 1927. The injunction was a result of Sylvia Beach's success in mobilizing an international protest, signed by 167 international artists and writers, which was porinted in another famous periodical (Transition).
In "An Offer to James Joyce" Samuel Roth wrote: "Whether it is really true, or whether is its merely a survival of his old Dublin habits (schnorrerei in both worlds being mostly the same), Mr.Joyce tells everyone who comes to see him in Paris that he is in need of money. If Mr.Joyce is really in need of money, it is here in New York waiting for him, provided he is willing to make one public appearance to answer my charges against him for his conduct in the matter of my publication of his Ulysses in 'Two worlds Monthly'. Two thousand five hundred dollars has been posted with my attorney, Mr.Nathan M. Padgug, of Padgug, Tarlowe & Flatow, 17 John Street, to pay for Mr. Joyce's way to and from New York, to accommodate him in a first-class New York Hotel and to provide him with a thousand dollars in cash after his public appearance.
If Mr.Joyce was not really responsible, as has been suggested possible, for the actions of Sylvia Beach and his other friends, particularly in the publication of the spurious much-signed protest, he owes me and the world this explanation.
And if after he has heard what i have to say he still believes that the attitude of his friends did justice to him and to me, it is important that he should make public confession of it, too.
Here is an opportunity for Mr.Joyce to get a trip to New York, dine with the Van Dorens, see the Woolworth Building, and get a thousand dollars in cash besides. I have cabled this offer to him, giving him all summer, if he wants it, to consider the matter.
Meanwhile, I would like to point out that Mr. Joyce is a celebrated example of what an indiscriminate contemporary adulation can do to even a writer of such promise as Mr. Joyce.
I submit to the sober judgment of mankind that, since the writing of Ulysses, Mr.Joyce has ceased functioning as an artist. To the best evidence possible, his most recent writings, he has succumbed into a state of semi-conscious demoniacism in which he is both conscious of his own mental waywardness and of the ludicrous gullibility of his friends who pretend to discern in the gibberish I reproduce in 'Two Worlds Quarterly'[sic] the birth of a new art.
Frankly, I have even given up readning proof of the matter. But one of his crony-critics, writing in the current number of 'Transition', suggests that Mr.Joyce has demonstrated conclusivelyin this new unnamed work, in which thirteen modern and ancient languages are made use of, the inadequacy of one language for the expression of modern thought.
If we should ever be crazy enough to follow this line of thinking, we will soon see sculptors mixing brass with theirmarble, painters pasting wooden bridges on their reproductions of the Thames, and novelists returning to the eighteenth century habit of illustrating their bedroom scenes with wall paper [all of these happened since, the Editor].
There is a man writing fearfully after eating. One would say that he has einter eaten very bad food of that his stomach is out of order. The writer in 'Transition' would say that it has become necessary for man to digest food by writhing with his whole body.
Mr.Joyce's defection as an artist is merely his own personal illness, whatever be the interpretations his friends may wish to put on it. He began with only a few genuine sensations which he rendered exquisitely once and for all time. Like many another gladiator, after having seen stout service, he has passed into the side-show. But it would be a pity if his managers let him go hungry. Samuel Roth.

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[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses

[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses

[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses
[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses
[Joyce, Ulysses [Pirate Edition of Ulysses

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