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Karl Ove Knausgård’s “My Struggle: Book One”

Much has been made of Karl Ove Knausgård’s autobiographical “My Struggle,” which made its English debut about a year ago, to clamorous positive reviews. There have been comparisons to Ibsen, suggestions of a Norwegian Proust, promotions using words like “harrowing” … Continue reading

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Gordon Bowker’s “James Joyce: A New Biography”

The publication of Gordon Bowker’s new biography of James Joyce, last year in Great Britain and this year in the United States did not occur on a particularly auspicious date: a fact that might very well have set the famed … Continue reading

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Richard Ellmann’s James Joyce”

In The Observer, Anthony Burgess called Ellmann’s 1959 biography of James Joyce “the greatest literary biography of the century.” However, those who have managed their way through the 800+ page behemoth are inclined to disagree with the novelist; Ellmann’s work … Continue reading

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