By the standards of the day, Ulysses was extremely sexually explicit.
James Joyce was particular about the shade of blue that would grace the cover of Ulysses.
An ode to his hero Homer? The act of a man losing his sight? What is the story behind the famous Ulysses blue.
Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë, by their brother Branwell (c. 1834).
National Portrait Gallery, London
New research shows that literary relatives tend to share a similar writing style.
Statue of James Joyce reading at his grave in Zurich, Switzerland.
Get past the first 100 pages and you’ll see that Joyce’s style of writing mostly goes against what philosophers understand of the stream of consciousness.
The Stuart Gilbert Collection, Harry Ransom Center, Univ Texas, Austin
Little is known, but much is speculated, about James Joyce’s daughter and muse, Lucia.
Being misty-eyed about a perfect Christmas past will do you little good.
A parade in St Petersburg last year celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which Ulysses is set.
Around the world today, fans of James Joyce’s Ulysses will celebrate Bloomsday. This experimental novel can be bewildering to read, but for those who persist, it is a ‘feast’ of a book.
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The great Irish novelist saw himself as European first, Irish second. There’s a lesson in that for the UK.
Carl Rahl’s Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1852).
The tale of a married woman who joins her lover in Paris, The Beauties and Furies is a modernist classic. Like Joyce’s Ulysses, the action is concentrated in one city, but dreams are nightmarish in this city of night, not light.
‘On yer bike, Ebeneezer.’
Dicken’s great anti-hero has monopolised festive literature for too long. Here are the alternative takes on the season of goodwill that you have been missing.
Olwen Fuoéré performing riverrun, her stage adaptation of James Joyce’s last work, Finnegans Wake.
Colm Hogan, Adelaide Festival of Arts
Olwen Fuoéré’s extraordinary adaptation of Finnegans Wake for the stage brings a work with a reputation for obscurity back into the realm of popular culture.