Oops! Famously Scathing Reviews of Classic Books From The Times’s Archive: one of a Hemingway novel which admittedly was not his best. Read on. Best, Christine

We called “Sister Carrie” a book “one can get along very well without reading,” dismissed “Lolita” as “dull, dull, dull,” and had nothing nice to say about “Howards End.”

A clip from The Times's review of the book "Ulysses," by James Joyce, when it came out in 1922.
A clip from The Times’s review of the book “Ulysses,” by James Joyce, when it came out in 1922.
Tina Jordan

By Tina Jordan

  • March 9, 2019

What can we say? We don’t always get it right. Here’s a look back at some of our most memorable misses.

A version of this article appears in print on March 11, 2019, Section C, Page 5 of the New York edition with the headline: Oops! Scalding Reviews of Some Classics Bubble Up. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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