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The publication of James Joyce's Ulysses was met with both hyperbolic praise and scorn: was Joyce's evocation of a day in the life of Leopold Bloom's Dublin a work of genius? Or was it drivel? Was it "an entirely new thing" (W. B. Yeats), or "a turgid welter of pornography" (Edith Wharton)? A "work of high genius" (Edmund Wilson) or something rather slighter: "Never did I read such tosh," Virginia Woolf wrote. In "Ulysses Bores Me So," a selection from the Bloomsday compendium yes I said yes I will Yes., the evidence is laid bare: the first reviews, letters, and reactions to the book that would change the course of literary history.
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 day's journey through Dublin life in the pages of James Joyce's novel of the century,Ulysses. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday,Yes I Said Yes I Will Yesoffers a priceless gathering of what's been said aboutUlyssessince the extravagant praise and withering condemnation that first greeted itupon 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 "WhyUlyssesis 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.