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Picture of James Joyce, author of Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, Dublibers; twentieth century Irish Literature
James Joyce   (1882 - 1941)
Category:  Irish Literature
Born:  February 2, 1882
Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland
Died:  January 13, 1941
Zurich, Switzerland
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James Joyce - LIFE STORIES
1/13/1941     Joyce's Death and Wake
On this day in 1941 James Joyce died in Zurich at the age of fifty-eight. Even without the dislocation of WWII, Joyce's last years were beset with difficulties -- the schizophrenia of his daughter, the breakdown of his son's career and marriage, his own poor health, ongoing battles over Ulysses and new worries about Finnegans Wake. "Though not so blind as Homer, and not so exiled as Dante," writes biographer Richard Ellmann, "he had reached his life's nadir."
2/2/1922     Joyce's Birthday Books
On this day in 1922, James Joyce's fortieth birthday, Ulysses was first published -- although only two copies of the book actually arrived by train to anxious publisher Sylvia Beach. Although Finnegans Wake was not ready for publication on Joyce's fifty-seventh birthday, as he had hoped, a bound copy was delivered to him. Both birthday books relieved Joyce's superstitious fears, and occasioned a party.
3/11/1923     Finnegans Wake, Chop Suey
On this day in 1923, James Joyce wrote to his patron, Harriet Weaver, that he had just begun "Work in Progress," the book which would become Finnegans Wake sixteen years later. When Nora found out that her husband was "on another book again," she asked if, instead of "that chop suey you're writing," he might not try "sensible books that people can understand."
6/15/1914     Joyce, Dublin, Dubliners
On this day in 1914 James Joyce's Dubliners was published, a much-delayed and highly-contested event which took "nine years of my life." Joyce said he merely wished to give the Irish "one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking-glass," and that it wasn't his fault "that the odour of ashpits and old weeds and offal hangs round my stories."
6/16/1904     Joyce's Bloomsday Book
On this day in 1904 James Joyce and Nora Barnacle had their first date, thus giving Joyce the day upon which he would base Ulysses, and giving the rest of us "Bloomsday." The ways in which Nora Barnacle is and is not Molly Bloom continue to be discussed but it seems agreed that she was Joyce's only irreplaceable relationship -- and the only one allowed to call him Jim.
6/16/1904     James Joyce, Nora and Bloomsday
On their first first date, Nora Barnacle stood James Joyce up. Two days later -- June 16, 1904 -- Joyce got his second first date, and the date upon which he would eventually base Ulysses. The ways in which Nora Barnacle was and was not Molly Bloom continue to be discussed, but many agree that had Nora not been the woman she was, neither Joyce, nor Bloomsday nor Ulysses would be what they are.
6/27/1928     Joyce, Fitzgerald, Jumping
On this day in 1928 Sylvia Beach hosted a dinner party in order that F. Scott Fitzgerald, who "worshipped James Joyce, but was afraid to approach him," might do so. Out of nervousness or champagne, Fitzgerald greeted his hero by dropping down on one knee, kissing his hand, and declaring, "How does it feel to be a great genius, Sir? I am so excited at seeing you, Sir, that I could weep."
8/7/1934     Ulysses in America
On this day in 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling allowing James Joyce's Ulysses into America. This enabled Random House to issue the first U.S. edition, over a decade after Sylvia Beach's original Paris edition; according to Random House editor Bennett Cerf, the case hinged entirely and hilariously upon one of these smuggled Beach editions.
9/9/1904     Joyce at the Martello Tower
On this day in 1904, twenty-two-year-old James Joyce moved into the Martello Tower in Sandycove, outside Dublin, with his friend Oliver St. John Gogarty. Joyce only stayed with Gogarty for a week -- and in October Joyce and Nora Barnacle would leave for Europe for good -- but their relationship and the Tower setting would become the opening chapter of Ulysses.
11/17/1919     Shakespeare & Co.
On this day in 1919 American expatriate Sylvia Beach opened her bookshop-library, "Shakespeare and Company," in the Left Bank section of Paris. It was an intellectual and social center for the international literary community for decades; it was closed when a Nazi officer wanted Beach's last copy of Finnegans Wake, and "liberated" after the war by Hemingway.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Finnegans Wake
James Joyce Reads: Selections from Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, Cyril Cusack Reading Joyce
by James Joyce (Reader), Cyril Cusack (Reader)
audio cassette
The James Joyce Audio Collection
by James Joyce, Cyril Cusack (Narrator), Siobhan McKenna (Narrator), Jim Norton (Narrator), Colm Meaney (Narrator), E. G. Marshall (Narrator)
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At Random: The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf
by Bennett Cerf
James Joyce
by Richard Ellmann
James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work
by A. Nicholas Fargnoli, Michael Patrick Gillespie
James Joyce's Ulysses
by Stuart Gilbert
guide, criticism
James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide
by Bernard McKenna
guide, criticism, bibliography
James Joyce: A Passionate Exile
by John McCourt
Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom
by Brenda Maddox
The Books at the Wake: A Study of Literary Allusions in James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake"
by J.S. Atherton
guide, criticism
The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce
by Derek Attridge (Editor)
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Internet Public Library: Online Literary Criticism of James Joyce
Index of selected websites about Joyce, with an emphasis on biographies, and literary criticism and analysis of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake.
James Joyce Resource Center
Index of critical works about James Joyce in the following bibliographic categories: biographical, genetic, Marxist, psychoanalytic, feminist, historical and postcolonial, structuralist and poststructuralist, and semiotic criticism. Also features links to Joyce-related web pages and mailing lists.
James Joyce Resources on the Net
Links to Joyce resources on the net, including the complete electronic texts of Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. Also offered: bibliographic sources, literary criticism and analysis, teacher's guides and course outlines.
James Joyce: The Brazen Head
An extensive website about all-things-Joyce, including a biography, articles about his works (Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake), photographs, quotations, links, and an overview of Joyce's ongoing influence on film, drama, and the arts. Highly recommended.

"His reputation has grown immeasurably since his death, partly because of the growth in academia. He is the one novelist in whom we can be sure to place our absolute trust, the single figure we can also be sure will be remembered, if any are, in 1,000 year's times. As one critic famously wrote: 'James Joyce was and remains almost unique among novelists in tat he published nothing but masterpieces'."
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