The problem, according to Fragnito, was the Congregation's ineffectiveness and inability to properly manage the massive task of assembling, reviewing, expurgating
, and reissuing such temporarily suspended books.
He proved so zealous at expurgating
texts that to bowdlerize means just that.
literature, we teach them that words are meaningless and fungible.
Most notably, Roth drove James Joyce to distraction by serializing and expurgating
Ulysses without permission in his Two Worlds Monthly (a journal that Roth "devoted to the increase of the gaiety of nations") and then publishing the following year--again without the author's permission--the first American edition of Ulysses.
Huebsch explained that publishing the book first in France, although it would spare Joyce the pain of expurgating
his text, might well cost him his American copyright.