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Artistic beginnings and early receptions—from Ulysses to Tracey Emin

By Ian Irvine   June 2018

James Joyce's Ulysses. Photo: John Rylands Library, Manchester

Woolf on Joyce

Virginia Woolf in her diary for August 1922 noted of the just-published Ulysses by James Joyce:

“I should be reading Ulysses and fabricating my case for & against. I have read 200 pages so far—not a third; and have been amused, stimulated, charmed, interested by the first two or three chapters—to the end of the cemetery scene; & then puzzled, bored, irritated, & disillusioned as by a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples. And Tom,…

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