Antedating of James Joyce quote

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 16 05:07:22 UTC 2010

At 1/15/2010 10:08 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Yale quotes this famous dictum at third hand from Lucas, 1936.
>1931 Max Eastman in _Harper's Magazine_ (Oct.): [Joyce said to me] "The
>demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to
>reading my works."

Some have.  Aloud, in groups.  One just finished in Boston:

Thirteen years ... but they met only once a week "to read a page or
so".  I assume they were devoting the rest of their lives to
research, exegesis, and rehearsal.  But having started at the Thirsty
Scholar in Cambridge and finished at the Corrib in Brighton, I expect
they spent some time in contemplation of their cups (cf. illustration).


>He smiled as he said that - smiled and then repeated it.
>And my answer was, "You absolutely insist on giving them all that pleasure!"

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