Sunday, September 08, 2013

Five great books from 1922

Kevin Jackson has written thousands of articles, primarily on film, photography, modern art, literature and cultural history for, among others, The New Yorker, Granta, Prospect, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Evening Standard and Vogue. He has been a script editor and script consultant, lectured and taught at the National Film Theatre, the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, presented documentaries for Radio 3 and Radio 4, directed and produced films for television, written the book and lyrics for a rock opera, curated film seasons and a photography exhibition as well as authored and edited more than twenty books, including Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism Year One.

For the Telegraph, Jackson named five great books from 1922, including:
Ulysses by James Joyce was not just the best novel of the year, but – so his admirers would say – the best novel of the 20th century. Or, perhaps, any century. Sceptics continue to pronounce it an unreadable fraud, but no one could seriously question its influence, for good or ill, on novelists from Russia to Peru.
Read about another book on the list. 

Ulysses is on Tom McCarthy's list of six favorite books about nothing, Alice-Azania Jarvis's reading list on grammar, George Vecsey's list of six favorite books, Nina MacLaughlin's top ten list of dirty old (literary) men, John Mullan's lists of the ten of the best parodies, ten of the best Hamlets in literature, ten of the best visits to the lavatory, and ten of the best vegetables in literature. It appears on Frank Delaney's top ten list of Irish novels and five best list of books about Ireland.

--Marshal Zeringue