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Author QuotedJames Joyce
Title QuotedLetters of James Joyce
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/10/26
ImprintNew York : Viking Press. 1957
Quotation"Ten years of my life have been consumed in correspondence and litigation about my book Dubliners. It was rejected by 40 publishers; three times set up and once burnt. It cost me about 3,000 francs in postage, fees, train and boat fare for I was in correspondence with 110 newspapers, 7 solicitors, 3 societies, 40 publishers and several men of letters about it. All refused me except for Ezra Pound." Letter of James Joyce to John Quinn. 10 July 1912. [The whole first edition of Dubliners was burnt.]
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 129
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