'Ulysses' is Serialized in The Little Review

With almost no funds, Anderson, then 28, started The Little Review in Chicago in 1914.

Heap joined her in 1916, and they moved the magazine to New York a year later. They published good poets and writers, the already famous and the not yet famous: Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams among them. And they published excerpts from the yet unfinished Ulysses, which Pound, their European editor, got from Joyce and forwarded. In her disjointed autobiography, Anderson described her reaction on receiving the first excerpt: "This is the most beautiful thing we'll ever have, I cried. We'll print it if it's the last effort of our lives." It wasn't. Serialization of Ulysses, which began in March 1918, continued to December 1920. There were problems at the post office, which burned some issues, but that was nothing you couldn't deal with if you were dedicated to great literature, which Anderson and Heap were.

When Joyce completed Dubliners in 1906, he considered including a short story called Ulysses (which he had not yet written). Instead, he decided Ulysses would be a short book and began writing it in 1914. Seven years and 732 pages later, Ulysses was completed. (Sort of. Joyce had a hard time letting go of manuscripts and was constantly revising and adding to Ulysses.) During those seven years, Joyce's friends and fellow writers became restless. Ezra Pound, working as a foreign editor for the American magazine The Little Review, approached Joyce about serializing Ulysses in the magazine. Margaret Anderson, editor of The Little Review, wrote, 'This is the most beautiful thing we'll ever have. We'll print it if it's the last effort of our lives.' Chapter one appeared in the March 1918 issue.