The book that many consider the best novel in the English language was banned as obscene for more than a decade in the vast majority of the English-speaking world. A portion of it was burned in Paris when it had not yet passed the draft and condemned in New York for “shameless and lewd” when it was still being published in installments. Joyce, with the support of several of the most important publishers and writers of her time, had to fight for years to obtain the right to publish her novel in England and the United States. The Most Dangerous Book tells the extraordinary story of Ulysses, from Joyce’s first notes in 1904 to his third and decisive federal obscenity trial in 1933. Written for both professional and novice Joyceans who wish to unravel the secrets of one of the works. Capitals of the Twentieth Century, tells the gripping chronicle of how Joyce’s novel was conceived, written, published, burned, acclaimed, persecuted, tried, and vilified before ending up adopting its position as one of the great masterpieces of world literature.