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Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes.: A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsdayby Nola Tully
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On the fictional morning of June 16, 1904—Bloomsday, as it has come to be known—Mr. Leopold Bloom set out from his home at 7 Eccles Street and began his days journey through Dublin life in the pages of James Joyces novel of the century, Ulysses. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes offers a priceless gathering of whats been said about Ulysses since the extravagant praise and withering condemnation that first greeted it upon its initial publication.
From the varied appraisals of such Joyce contemporaries as William Butler Yeats (“It is an entirely new thing. . . . He has certainly surpassed in intensity any novelist of our time”) and Virginia Woolf (“Never did I read such tosh”), to excerpts from Tennessee Williams term paper “Why Ulysses is Boring” and assorted wit, praise, parody, caricature, photographs, anecdotes, bon mots, and reminiscence, this treasury of Bloomsiana is a lively and winning tribute to the most famous day in literature.
"The real meat is a collection of brief quotes from past literary luminaries on the book's quality or lack thereof....Though light on scholarship, the book is great fun for hardcore Joyce heads. Should you buy it? Yes." Library Journal
"You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith." William Faulkner
For literature enthusiasts, June 16th is known as Bloomsday because it is on that day in 1904 that the events of James Joyce's Ulysses — as experienced largely by his hero, Leopold Bloom — take place. This compendium, published on the centenary of the original Bloomsday, contains a variety of responses to Joyce's great work, ranging from early reactions (puzzled, grossed out, bored) to the work of serious critics, and also includes cartoons, photographs, parodies, and more.
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