Librarians who hated “Ulysses”: View surveys of librarians sharing blunt, less-than-glowing opinions of the book.
Librarian Bella Steuernagel of Belleville, Illinois was not alone in her belief that Ulysses had “very emphatically…no place in a public library.”

Librarians who hated “Ulysses”: View surveys of librarians sharing blunt, less-than-glowing opinions of the book.

Librarian Bella Steuernagel of Belleville, Illinois was not alone in her belief that Ulysses had “very emphatically…no place in a public library.”

What does “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common with “Ulysses”? Find out in this article that appeared just in time for Bloomsday over the weekend. 
Undated photo of Sylvia Beach and James Joyce. Unknown photographer.

What does “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common with “Ulysses”? Find out in this article that appeared just in time for Bloomsday over the weekend. 

Undated photo of Sylvia Beach and James Joyce. Unknown photographer.


Cover of claimant memorandum from trial over James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Morris Ernst collection.

Morris Ernst’s copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” 

This chart was compiled by Morris Ernst and his colleagues to track responses to a survey sent to libraries across the country about the interest and demand for “Ulysses.”

"Birth Control in the Courts" document written by Morris Ernst.

First page of letter from Morris Ernst to Birth Control Federation, dated March 30, 1939. Morris Ernst collection.

Second page of letter from Morris Ernst to Birth Control Federation, dated March 30, 1939. Morris Ernst collection.

Morris L. Ernst (left, holding book) was one of the most active attorneys for the anti-censorship cause during the interwar years. In this 1935 photograph, from the “New York Journal American” collection, Ernst defends the Gustavo Flaubert’s “November.”

Poster from the Morris Ernst collection.

Censorship, birth control, labor, and more: Decades later, today’s headlines still echo controversies addressed in Morris Ernst collection, which is now cataloged and open for research.