"I have finished Jurgen; a great and beautiful book, and the saddest book I ever read. I don't know why, exactly. The book hurts me – tears me to small pieces – but somehow it sets me free. It says the word that I've been trying to pronounce for so long. It tells me everything I am, and have been, and may be, unsparingly...I don't know why I cry over it so much. It's too – something-or-other – to stand. I've been sitting here tonight, reading it aloud, with the tears streaming down my face..."

Deems Taylor,
Letter to Mary Kennedy, 12 Dec 1920