Friday, December 5, 2014
What you don't know about Ulysses. Even if you know nothing!
Have you read Ulysses? Touted as the best book of the 20th Century? I have to confess that I haven't either. But I'm getting closer to doing it. [Insert Virgian Wolfian Sigh.]
In place of reading it, I read this book that I'm afraid many people missed this year. It was very interesting, as it is mostly a study on the evolution of American publishing rights and the First Amendment vs. pornographic vs. literature standards and the way the Ulysses trials changed so much of that. But I truly had no idea. None! That the Roaring Twenties really were so roaring, or that Joyce had so many protectors. This was eye opening in many ways. Now I look at every book with new eyes, and wonder whether it went through a ponography trial. Or not.
Anyway, it was a fast read, I couldn't put it down.