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Exrtracts from Press Notices of Ulysses by James Joyce
Harlesden [London]: Leveridge & Co, 1922. 4 pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. A few edge-tears, old folds and minor wrinkling. 4 pp. 8vo. A four-page promotional leaflet printing critical reactions to Ulysses--not all of them positive--published the same year as the first edition. Includes reviews in English, French, and Italian by the likes of Valery Larboud, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Hueffer, Edmund Wilson, Holdbrook Jackson, Djuna Barnes, and several others. Reactions run the gamut, from an effusive Hueffer: "One feels admiration that is almost reverence for the incredible labours of this incredible genius ... a book of profound knowledge and of profound renderings of humanity"; to the outrage of 'Domini Canis' in the Dublin Review, "A fearful travesty on persons happenings and intimate life of the most morbid and sickening description." Many are a mix of high praise and reservation, including Arnold Bennett's assessment: "The book is not pornographic, but it is more indecent, obscene, scatalogical, and licentious than the majority of professedly pornographical books" but adding that "The best portions of the novel are superb." The leaflet was put together by Harriet Weaver shortly after her Egoist Press co-published the second edition of Ulysses in October 1922 (the first appeared in February). Letters from Joyce to Weaver in the fall of 1922 record that Joyce himself selected many of the quotes included in the pamphlet. Examples have not survived in great numbers.
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller]
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