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

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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