Ulysses – by James Joyce not Anthony Trollope

I am very grateful to Paul Niemeyer for an interesting Trollope sighting (which may or may not be relevant for those following the Jupiter’s 100 Greatest Novels). Paul just finished Kevin Birmingham’s The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, which he describes as a superb look at the writing and publication of the novel and its numerous difficulties – being banned and suppressed. But to Trollope. Birmingham sketches a lively portrait of John Woolsey, the New York judge who lifted the ban on Ulysses, and at one point reveals that Woolsey “loved Anthony Trollope’s novels. . . .The judge planned to read them all” (p.314). It isn’t said if Woolsey did manage to read the Trollope oeuvre, but Birmingham describes the judge making his way through Joyce’s novel and pointedly observes, “This wasn’t Trollope” (p.317)


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