From the July/August, 1999 issue of Touchstone
Modernism & Theology by S. M. Hutchens

Modernism & Theology

The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought
by William R. Everdell
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
(501 pages; $29.95, cloth)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

In 1901 James Joyce wrote to Henrik Ibsen,

I have sounded your name defiantly through the college. . . . I did not tell them what bound me closest to you . . . how in your willful resolution to wrest the secret of life gave me heart and how in your absolute indifference to public canons of art, friends, and shibboleths, you walked in the light of your inward heroism (p. 293).

Is this sheer Promethea . . .


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