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Theme of the Week: James Joyce

Half-length portrait of man in his thirties. He looks to his right so that his face is in profile. He has a mustache, a thin beard, and medium-length hair slicked back, and wears a pince-nez and a plain dark greatcoat, looking vaguely like a Russian revolutionary.

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.

Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work which follows the movements of Leopold Bloom through a single day in 1904. Ulysses is based on Homer’s Odyssey. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).

Enjoy a video below about Bloomsday, a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday, 16 of June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.


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