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Author QuotedDarcy O'Brien
Title QuotedConscience of James Joyce
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/07/12
QuotationThe Darcy O'Brien book on Joyce is simply pathetic. The man seems to have no conception of what Joyce is all about. Identifies him completely with the romantic idealism of Stephen D. in portrait. Says he was a dualist, a manichaean, etc. Found a sexy letter to J.'s wife and gloated over it, etc. O'Brien is the kind of person who feels himself threatened by the kind of idealism that was part of Joyce's youthful character. This kind of book is simply stupid-probably a Ph.D. dissertation that got into print because of that horny letter or something. No"”it's Princeton Press-someone must have taken it seriously as "scholarship"!!
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 141
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