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Edmund Wilson, pre-eminent writing critic of early 20th century, nails the rewards and angry 'book-tossing' reactions that anyone who has read (and actually gotten all the way through) James Joyce's "Ulysses" feels [from TNR's "The Book" archives].

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24 Photos Of Famous Authors When They Were Coming Of Age

"The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works." Interview with Max Eastman in Harper's Magazine, as quoted in James Joyce (1959) by Richard Ellmann. Eastman noted "He smiled as he said that — smiled, and then repeated it." James Joyce

Chekhov and his wife, Olga “Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.” Anton Chekhov