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Carl Jung Writes a Review of Joyce’s Ulysses and Mails It To The Author (1932)

Carl Jung Writes a Review of Joyce’s Ulysses and Mails It To The Author (1932)

Feelings about James Joyce’s Ulysses tend to fall roughly into one of two camps: the religiously reverent or the exasperated/bored/overwhelmed. As popular examples of the former, we have the many…

When James Joyce & Marcel Proust Met in 1922, and Totally Bored Each Other

When James Joyce & Marcel Proust Met in 1922, and Totally Bored Each Other

When we invoke the names of famous artists of the past, we refer to their most hallowed work—Orson Welles simultaneously means Citizen Kane, for example, or War of the Worlds,…

“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…