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Author QuotedJames Joyce
Title QuotedLetters of James Joyce
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/11/11
ImprintNew York : Viking Press. 1957
QuotationJoyce's Letters (sent them back to Louisville today)-a very fine book. Especially enjoyed his letters to his family-Lucia, Giorgio. A great and good person, hounded by a lot of narrow minded idiots. That generation and that world have almost vanished now. The picture of Joyce and family, as if they were all going to step out together in a fantastic dance. Joyce's passion for singing and singers. I want to read Finnegans Wake the way I want to hear good music. Patience, man. Mortify yourself in something. The quiet in the cannery this afternoon was, for once, as good as music and more healing to my soul. Joyce's Letters were better than all the mail I didn't get at All Saints.
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. 135
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