This Day In Literary History

250 years ago today, on December 6th, 1768, the first edition of Encyclopedia Britannica was published. With the advent of the internet, encyclopedias have fallen by the wayside, but for generations, they were a valuable source of facts and information.


85 years ago today, on December 6th, 1933, a U.S. Judge rules that the James Joyce novel Ulysses was not obscene. In deciding it was not, Judge John M. Woolsey opened the door to importation and publication of serious works of literature that used coarse language or involved sexual subjects. It was a groundbreaking decision in the area of literary free expression.