The miraculous yield of 1922.
The year of Ulysses, The Waste Land, Rilke’s Dueno Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus(written in three days). Of Brecht’s first play, Baal, Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod. Virginia Wolfe’s Jacob’s Room, Proust’s Sodom and Gomorrah, Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christy, Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga, Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter.
All published in one year. Imagine what the judges of the literary prizes would have done faced with that lot. Who would have been left out of the short-list?
I know you’re going to tell me.