Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy (Ulysses 18: Penelope) From Ulysses (1967) Director: Joseph Strick Molly Bloom: Barbara Jefford Leopold Bloom: Milo O'Shea nprbooks:
Feb. 2 was a big day for Irish author James Joyce: On Feb. 2, 1882, he was born to John Joyce and Mary Jane Murray just outside Dublin, and 40 years later — on Feb. 2, 1922 — Ulysses was published by bookseller Sylvia Beach. (Although Joyce had published parts of the book serially starting in 1918, the book wasn’t published in full until four years later.)
Even then, it wasn’t an easy book to get your hands on: It was banned in England for obscenity into the 1930s and the U.S. Postal Service tended to burn any copies they happened to come across. If you have one, though, hang on to it! A pristine copy sold in London a few years ago for £275,000, or around $400,000.