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Clutton-Brock, Arthur. "Wild Youth." Review of Joyce, James,
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,
Times Literary Supplement no. 789,
(1 March 1917):
C-B was a frequent contributor, journalist, reviewer of literature and arts. He refers to occasional improprieties, "one on the very first page." In reference to the Chritmas dinner scene: "no living writer is better at coversations." Dwells on self-disgust, disgust with others--uses word 5 times in a 1200 word article. "But what Mr Joyce gives us is the unwilled intensity of this youth's experience." Comparison to "Dostoevsky's Russians" "in the manner in which thoughts happen to them" "and also in the manner in which they can vent these in mere talk without ever passing on to action." "It is wild yough, as wild as Hamlet's and full of wild music." In JJ and the Making of U p. 75-76: "In the course of many talks with Joyce in Zurich I found that for him human character was best displayed—I had almost said entirely displayed-in the commonest acts of life.Before 1918 an article on Joyce, by the late Mr. Clutton Brock, appeared in the Times Literary Supplement. This was a critic whose work Joyce respected, and it appears that he greatly appreciated Joyce's writings, but in this article he reproached Joyce for the lack of distinction in his subject matter. 'What do you think he means?' said Joyce. 'From what you tell me,' I said, 'I suppose he means that the persons in your book are undistinguished—socially or spiritually—both, perhaps—and that their actions and destinies are not important.' 'Very likely you are right,' said Joyce. 'Clutton Brock has always treated my writings generously and with understanding, but if that is what he means he is certainly wrong. In fact he wrote to me about it also. He is stating the English preference for tawdry grandeurs. Even the best Englishmen seem to love a lord in literature.'".