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Author QuotedJames Joyce
Title QuotedFinnigans Wake
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/11/19
ImprintNew York : Viking. 1939I
QuotationNow look you: there have been three important things that have happened this year 1. The publication of Finnegans Wake. 2. The War in Europe and the Russian German pact. 3. The Picasso exhibition. Compared with these three things everything else has been trivial... [p.89] In the same way Finnegans Wake proves Joyce is the greatest writer of our time, and that the writing of our time is not poor, but very good and rich and exciting and fine.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 88-89
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