“I Am So Excited at Seeing You, Sir, that I Could Weep.”

Sylvia Beach and James JoyceOn this date in 1928, Sylvia Beach, owner of Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookstore, threw a dinner party for F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. Fitzgerald had been too awestruck to approach Joyce. Herbert Gorman, Joyce’s first biographer, was also present at the party. Gorman reported that Fitzgerald sank down on one knee before Joyce, kissed his hand, and declared: “How does it feel to be a great genius, Sir? I am so excited at seeing you, Sir, that I could weep.”

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