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“A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man” – James Joyce

“A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man” – James Joyce

The modernist classic, perhaps the greatest English-language Bildungsroman, turns 100 on December 29, 2016. To celebrate, we look at what makes the novel so special: its fierce defense of individualism…

The Joyce Girl

The Joyce Girl

Lucia Joyce was the daughter of James Joyce – ill-fated indeed to live in the shadow of such genius. Beloved yet unseen, in the manner of so many women, her…

Henri Matisse Illustrates James Joyce’s Ulysses (1935)

Henri Matisse Illustrates James Joyce’s Ulysses (1935)

Last year, fans of modernist Irish literature and impressionist art saw a must-own volume go under the hammer at Bonhams. “In 1935 the French artist, Henri Matisse, was commissioned to illustrate…

Finnegans Wake – in pictures

Finnegans Wake – in pictures

A new illustrated edition of Finnegans Wake, as imagined by artist John Vernon Lord for the Folio Society, matches James Joyce’s extravagant word games with elaborately collaged pictures, shedding a…

Is James Joyce’s Ulysses the hardest novel to finish?

Is James Joyce’s Ulysses the hardest novel to finish?

James Joyce died 75 years ago this week, leaving a lifetime of books beloved by many… and Ulysses, heralded as both the best novel in the English language and the…