James Joyce

(02/02/1882 - 13/01/1941)

A native of Dublin, James Joyce was educated at Jesuit schools and later at University College Dublin where he studied languages and philosophy. In 1902, Joyce went to Paris with the intention of studying medicine, but he returned the following year as his mother lay dying. In 1904, he met Nora Barnacle who became his lifelong companion. Together they left Ireland and settled in Trieste where Joyce taught English at the Berlitz school. They visited Ireland one last time in 1912 when Joyce attempted to arrange for the publication of Dubliners, which eventually appeared in England in 1914. A play, Exiles, was published the following year and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man appeared in 1916. That same year, Joyce and his family moved to Zurich where he began work on Ulysses. During the interwar period, Joyce moved to Paris where his masterpiece was published by Shakespeare & Company in 1922. His next project, known as Work in Progress, became Finnegans Wake in 1939. The following year, Joyce fled occupied France and returned to Zurich. He died two months later in January 1941.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Viking Press, 1965 [1916]

First serialized in The Egoist from 1914 to 1915, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was published in book form in 1916 and is a semi-autobiographical novel. It traces the intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions he has been brought up in. Equipped with the weapons of "silence, exile and cunning", Stephen decides to leave his native Dublin and to go to Paris. The Modern Library ranked A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as the third greatest English language novel of the twentieth century.

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Collected Poetry

Black Sun Press, 1936

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Grant Richards, 1914

Joyce's stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.

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Epiphanies & Portrait of the Artist

Northwestern University Press, 1965

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New English Library, 1963

Joyce, heavily influenced by the dramatic writing of Henrik Ibsen, wrote his own play, Exiles, in 1914. It was first performed in Munich in 1919.
Set in the Dublin of 1912, the play introduces Richard Rowan, a successful writer, and Bertha, his wife, who have returned to Dublin after nine years abroad. Both have to confront two other people who love them and ask themselves questions about guilt and responsibility. Will infidelity hold them together? Should Richard settle down in Ireland as a lecturer in Romance Languages trying to Europeanise Ireland or flee the net as Joyce himself did?

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Finnegans Wake

Faber & Faber, 1939

Completed in 1939, Finnegans Wake is James Joyce's dream masterpiece of which Samuel Beckett wrote: 'Here words are not the polite contortions of twentieth-century printer's ink. They are alive. They elbow their way on to the page, and glow and blaze and fade and disappear.'

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Selected Letters of James Joyce

Faber & Faber, 1975

While on business in Dublin in 1909 - Joyce was busy setting up the Volta Cinematograph in Mary Street - the iconic writer sent a series of erotic letters to his lover and later wife, Nora Barnacle, who had stayed behind in Trieste with their children Giorgio and Lucia. This correspondence, riddled with the most "dirty" words Joyce could conjure up, was included in Selected Letters of James Joyce, edited and introduced by the noted Joycean biographer and scholar Richard Ellmann and first published in 1975.

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Shakespeare & Co., 1922

Published in Paris in 1922, after a seven-year-long writing period, Ulysses is one of the greatest novels ever written. Set in Dublin on 16 June 1904, this modernist epic chronicles the everyday odyssey in the lives of Stephen Dedalus, a son in search of a spiritual father, and Leopold Bloom, a father in search of a spiritual son. Its 18 episodes are higly complex, challenging notions of genre, and display a ceaseless verbal inventiveness and astonishing level of intertextuality.

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