Nice Call

I just stumbled upon this May 1928 review of “Ulysses” in The New York Times. A few paragraphs in:

“Before proceeding with a brief analysis of ‘Ulysses,’ and a comment on its construction and content, I wish to characterize it. 'Ulysses’ is the most important contribution that has been made to fictional literature in the twentieth century. It will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua and Pantagruel immortalized Rabelais, and 'The Brothers Karamazof’ Dostoyevsky. It is likely that there is no one writing English today that could parallel Joyce’s feat, and it is also likely that few would care to do it if they were capable.”


“Finally, I venture a prophecy: Not ten men or women out of a hundred can read 'Ulysses’ through, and of the ten who succeed in doing so, five of them will do it as a tour de force. I am probably the only person, aside from the author, that has ever read it twice from beginning to end. I have learned more psychology and psychiatry from it than I did in ten years at the Neurological Institute.”

This and lots more here.