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The Literary Genius They Called ‘A Perverted Lunatic’

An early critic said he ‘specialized in the literature of the latrine’

Sylvia Beach and James Joyce / Univ. at Buffalo James Joyce Collection

Every writer benefits from memorizing a few unintentionally comical lines from early reviews of great authors’ books. More than rich source of mirth, these quotes can be font of consolation when your work is savaged by a critic for the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.