York Times & Joyce
A most appropriate perspective on
why to access the New Your Times is brought out by Dr.Julie
Sloan Brannon, in her Who
Reads Ulysses?: The Common Reader and the Rhetoric of the Joyce Wars,
and I quote:
"From the introduction of
Ulysses to the wider American literary scene through the famous Woolsey decision
of 1933, Joyce went from being a peculiar and obscure Irish writer (often alluded
to as obscene but, as in the case of most censored writers, rarely actually
read) to a major literary giant in a span of less than ten years, and the center
of that activity has been in the United States - a country in which Joyce never
set foot. "
This was no obstacle because the
US noticed him and The New York Times issued an amazing
review of Ulysses long before it became available there, back in 1922,
long before his works became edited anywhere..
The newspaper itself is a daily testimony
of what is going on and for example, the James
Joyce obituary is in itself an evidence of why they should be heard.
It has also one of the best, if not the best, book
reviews in the US and in the English speaking world and it falls very
close to literary criticism, what obviously is not expected within its articles
and in any newspaper.
These references are used here extensively.
Although this job goes kind of the
opposite direction of so the called "social networks", it should be
interesting to notice a perspective
on that by The New York Times
There is an odd similarity between
Joyce and Freud when it comes the US: both were not recognized at home and after
the American public took notice, they became what they are.