The Sniffy, Scandalized Letter That Sealed the UK Government’s Ban of ‘Ulysses’

“In this 1922 letter, the British Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Archibald Bodkin, issued an official opinion on James Joyce’s book Ulysses: ‘In my opinion, there is more, and a great deal more than mere vulgarity or coarseness, there is a great deal of unmitigated filth and obscenity.'”