James Joyce

1882 - 1941

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, poet and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement and is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922) is a landmark in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, particularly stream of consciousness. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Joyce has received more than 7,896,414 page views. His biography is available in 152 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 147 in 2019). James Joyce is the 101st most popular writer (down from 68th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 2nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Writer.

James Joyce is most famous for his novel Ulysses, which is considered to be one of the most important novels of the 20th century.

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Notable Works

Chamber Music
Irish poetry
Finnegans wake
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Fiction / Literary
<p>Critically acclaimed author James Joyce’s Dubliners is a collection of short stories depicting middle class life in Dublin in the early twentieth century. At the heart of each story is a character’s moment of self-realization which serves to further heighten our understanding of life in James Joyce’s Dublin.</p><p>HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.</p>
Dublin (ireland), fiction, Fiction, general
Finnegans Wake
Facsimiles, Manuscripts, English Manuscripts
Follows a man's thoughts and dreams during a single night. It is also a book that participates in the re-reading of Irish history that was part of the revival of the early 20th century. The author also wrote "Ulysses", "Dubliners" and "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man".
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Fiction, Artists, Young men
Stephen Dedalus grows up in Dublin, feeling different from the other boys. His childhood and adolescence are shaped by bullying, his father's weaknesses and the growing realization that in order to make his way in the world he must reject a conventional life and boecome an artist. Penguin Popular Classics are the perfect introduction to the world-famous Penguin Classics series — which encompasses the best books ever written, from Homer's Odyssey to Orwell's 1984 and everything in between.
Dublin (ireland), fiction, Fiction, family life, general
Married people, Male friendship, Fiction
Written over a seven-year period, from 1914 to 1921, this book has survived bowdlerization, legal action and controversy. The novel deals with the events of one day in Dublin, 16th June 1904, now known as "Bloomsday". The principal characters are Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly. Ulysses has been labelled dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book-although he found it not quite obscene enough to disallow its importation into the United States-and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's "cloacal obsession". None of these descriptions, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in its own way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book.
Daily Express, West Briton, Three Graces
James Joyce's disillusion with the publication of Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else, including two entire stories. Although only 24 when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilisation in Ireland'. Joyce's aim was to tell the truth -- to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century. By rejecting euphemism, he would reveal to the Irish the unromantic reality, the recognition of which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Dubliners -- a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled -- and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation. - Back cover. Dubliners is a collection of vignettes of Dublin life at the end of the 19th Century written, by Joyce’s own admission, in a manner that captures some of the unhappiest moments of life. Some of the dominant themes include lost innocence, missed opportunities and an inability to escape one’s circumstances. Joyce’s intention in writing Dubliners, in his own words, was to write a chapter of the moral history of his country, and he chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to him to be the centre of paralysis. He tried to present the stories under four different aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life. ‘The Sisters’, ‘An Encounter’ and ‘Araby’ are stories from childhood. ‘Eveline’, ‘After the Race’, ‘Two Gallants’ and ‘The Boarding House’ are stories from adolescence. ‘A Little Cloud’, ‘Counterparts’, ‘Clay’ and ‘A Painful Case’ are all stories concerned with mature life. Stories from public life are ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’ and ‘A Mother and Grace’. ‘The Dead’ is the last story in the collection and probably Joyce’s greatest. It stands alone and, as the title would indicate, is concerned with death. ---------- Contains [Sisters](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073389W/The_Sisters) [Encounter](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073256W) [Araby](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20570121W) [Eveline](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073302W) [After the Race](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL18179262W) [Two Gallants](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20570300W) [Boarding House](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073259W/The_Boarding_House) [Little Cloud](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL18179222W) [Counterparts](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20570464W) [Clay](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL18179205W) [A Painful Case](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL5213767W) [Ivy Day In the Committee Room](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20571820W) [Mother](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL18179244W) [Grace](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073323W) [Dead](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073437W/The_Dead) ---------- Also contained in: - [Dubliners / Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15073371W/Dubliners_Portrait_of_the_Artist_as_a_Young_Man) - [Essential James Joyce](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL86338W/The_Essential_James_Joyce) - [Portable James Joyce](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL86334W/The_Portable_James_Joyce)


Among writers, James Joyce ranks 101 out of 7,302Before him are Emily Brontë, Matsuo Bashō, George Sand, Marquis de Sade, Jonathan Swift, and Ismail I. After him are Virginia Woolf, Paulo Coelho, Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, and Stephen King.

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Among people born in 1882, James Joyce ranks 3Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Igor Stravinsky. After him are Virginia Woolf, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Wilhelm Keitel, Georges Braque, Max Born, Sigrid Undset, Georgi Dimitrov, Emmy Noether, and Abdullah I of Jordan. Among people deceased in 1941, James Joyce ranks 4Before him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Rabindranath Tagore, and Henri Bergson. After him are Virginia Woolf, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maurice Leblanc, Maximilian Kolbe, Emanuel Lasker, Walther Nernst, and Arthur Evans.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, James Joyce ranks 3 out of 549Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), and Jonathan Swift (1667). After him are Robert Boyle (1627), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Francis Bacon (1909), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Bram Stoker (1847), and Edmund Burke (1729).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, James Joyce ranks 3Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), and Jonathan Swift (1667). After him are George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Saint Gall (550).