Autumn 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 4 Book Reviews |

Grocer’s Lists

Vivienne Koch "GROCER'S LISTS" LETTERS OF JAMES JOYCE. Edited by Stuart Gilbert. Viking. $7.50. remembered phrase from the immortal Father Conmee of Clongowes A Wood College crops up in a letter to Constantine Curran written when Joyce was fifty-five. "Fr. Conmee," he writes, "used to say my letters home were like grocer's lists. Sono sempre quello." At first glance this seems an apt if frivolous description of the general tone of this collection. It would be absurd to pretend that grocer's lists, even those of a genius, have a uniform fascination for all readers. Certainly the detailed and painstaking instructions to editors, publishers, agents, attorneys, amanuenses and friends regarding corrections in galley proof, questions of royalties or copyright, or of new editions, may legitimately bore the casual reader. The frequent requests for specific bits of information from various Dublin connections such as his long-obliging aunt, Mrs. William Murray, are sometimes so exacting (" .

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