Is 1922 the greatest year in literature? It’s hard for me to think of another as significant, even if I can think of other years with better books. This is the year of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, and T.S. Eliot’s The Wast Land. These three authors were each aiming at a new literary form, and each succeeded. They were also reading each other’s books, with mixed results! In this episode, I take a brief look at these three authors and their work in this important year.
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Sources and other items of interest:
- Ulysses, by James Joyce
- Jacob’s Room, by Virginia Woolf
- The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
- The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature, by Bill Goldstein
- Yale Books Blog: 1922, The Year That Changed Everything
- The James Joyce Centre: On This Day . . . 29 October
- The New Republic: The Year 1922 Was a Lot More Exciting Than You Think
- Open Culture: Virginia Woolf Writes About James Joyce’s Ulysses
- The Waste Land, with annotations