Quotation by George Bernard Shaw

In Ireland they try to make a cat cleanly by rubbing its nose in its own filth. Mr. Joyce has tried the same treatment on the human subject. I hope it may prove successful.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. letter, Oct. 10, 1921, to Joyce's publisher. Letters of James Joyce, vol. 3 (1966).

Shaw, commenting on Ulysses, called it a "revolting record of a disgusting phase of civilisation; but it is a truthful one," though he refused the invitation to purchase a copy. In The Table Talk of G.B.S., Shaw wrote, "I could not write the words Mr. Joyce uses: my prudish hands would refuse to form the letters."
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