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Cary Brunswick

June 11, 2013

Book-banning has a tendency to backfire


To this day, the novel is celebrated in Dublin with a week of activities leading up to June 16, which in Ireland is called Bloomsday.

After the court case, Cerf went on to write books primarily of insider gossip and humor. In his 1944 book, “Try and Stop Me,” he recounts a visit to the U.S. by the man, still stately and plump, who as a student was the model for the Buck Mulligan character.

Oliver St. John Goharty told Cerf he had met Joyce in 1903, “when Lady Gregory, patron saint of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, ran out of ‘geniuses’ and advertised for more of same. She was dismayed at the poverty-stricken flood of applicants and fled.”

Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.

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