James Joyce is one of the most famous and influential writers in the world. There is no doubt in the fact that his masterpiece is “Ulysses”, which was published in 1922. Ulysses is a modern version of Homer’s Odyssey. James Joyce’s work is considered the finest novel ever written.
James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882 in Dublin, Ireland. His full name is James Augustine Aloysius Joyce and he belonged to a big family, with no less than 9 brothers. His father, Stanislaus Joyce, was a singer, but unfortunately his drinking problems and lack of interest made the whole family suffer and led them to financial problems.
By that time, James discovered his passion for writing and literature. He was an excellent student and graduated from the Jesuit School Clongowes and Belvedere, obtaining after that a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Royal University in Dublin.
In 1902, James Joyce moved to Paris, where he enjoyed teaching and journalism. He married Nora Barnacle a year later and then moved to Trieste, Italy. By that time he knew 17 languages and taught English for living.
In 1914, he published his first book, “Dubliners”, while his second publication was “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. Unfortunately, his books didn’t have too much success but they were noticed by Ezra Pound, an American poet. In the burst of World War I, James Joyce moved to Zurich with his family and started the foundation of “Ulysses”, his future big success.
“Ulysses” was first published in France and due to censorship rules was banned in the UK and the US. But, after many debates and struggles, the book became legally available in 1933. The publication of this book was a big success for James, who moved back to Paris with his family. In 1923, he started to work at his next famous book, “Finnegans Wake”.
After the collapse of France in World War II, James Joyce spent the last days of his life in Zurich. He died on January 13, 1941. Every year in Dublin, on June 16, the contribution of James Joyce to literature is celebrated. He also got a statue on North Earl Street and the library at the University College in Dublin is named after him. If you are a fan of literature you must read his books, which are considered to be amazing pieces of art.
In a letter sent by George Orwell to Brenda Salkeld in 1933, the famous author said: “I rather wish I had never read it. It gives me an inferiority complex”. What is your favorite writer?
Top incoming search terms:
- JAMES JOYCES ULYSSES IS A MODERN RENDITION OF?
- james joyce