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An Interview with Valery Larbaud 1923

James Joyce descends from the naturalists, but he has expanded their territory. His most important work, which I should have translated a long time ago and published fragments, is Ulysses, where it pleases me to salute the first masterpiece of the interior monologue. I thus label a form in which the reader finds himself installed in the thought of the character and learns in this way the progression of circumstances in which this character finds himself. James Joyce has told me many times that he owed this form to the French writer Edouard Dujardin, who had first used it in Les Lauriers sont coupes. Through Joyce I have returned, myself, to Edouard Dujardin and it is to acquit this debt of recognition that I dedicate to him: 'My most secret counsel. . .'