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Banned James Joyce work to be auctioned

An early essay of James Joyce - initially banned for its political critique - is set to make over £8,000 at auction later this month.

The piece, entitled the Day of the Rabblement was written by Joyce in 1901 while a student at University College, Dublin, is to be sold by Whyte’s Auction house in the city.

The piece criticised the Irish Literary Theatre - which later became the Abbey - for being overtly nationalist and provincial and was banned because it mentioned a novel, ‘Il Fuoco’, by Gabriel d’Annzio, which had been censored by the Vatican.

The piece had been commissioned by the editor of St. Stephen’s magazine, a college publication.