Picture of James Joyce


Lifetime: 1882 - 1941 Passed: ≈ 83 years ago


Irish Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet, Teacher, Literary Critic



James Joyce

The work and life of Joyce is celebrated annually on 16 June, known as Bloomsday, in Dublin and in an increasing number of cities worldwide, and critical studies in scholarly publications, such as the James Joyce Quarterly, continue. Both popular and academic uses of Joyce's work were hampered by restrictions imposed by Stephen J. Joyce, Joyce's grandson, and executor of his literary estate until his 2020 death.On 1 January 2012, those restrictions were lessened by the expiry of copyright protection of much of the published work of James Joyce.

Joyce's work has been an important influence on writers and scholars such as Samuel Beckett, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O'Brien.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, 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 is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published letters and occasional journalism.

On 11 January 1941, Joyce underwent surgery in Zürich for a perforated duodenal ulcer. He fell into a coma the following day. He awoke at 2 am on 13 January 1941, and asked a nurse to call his wife and son, before losing consciousness again. They were en route when he died 15 minutes later. Joyce was less than a month short of his 59th birthday.

Books by James Joyce

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DUBLINERS: Masterful short stories

Satire Fiction
Naturalistic Saint Patrick's Day fiction Dublin (city) in fiction Irish short story collections Modernist short stories 1914 short story collections Short story collections by James Joyce Epiphany Nationalism

DUBLINERS: Masterful short stories about life in Dublin at the turn of the 19/20th century, By James Joyce Stories Included The Sisters An Encounter Araby Eveline After the Race Two Gallants The Boarding House A Little Cloud Counterparts Clay A Pain...

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School Modernist Student

Banned in the United States and United Kingdom throughout the 1920s, Ulysses turned conventional ideas of the novel inside out with its bold new form, style and theme. Deeply rooted in the Greek myth of the hero of the Trojan War, Joyce bases his nov...

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Fiction Novel Biography
Bildungsroman Künstlerroman Modernist

A Portrait... follows Stephen Dedalus from his babyhood into early adulthood. One of the most remarkable things about Joyce's style is that the early chapters are expressed in childlike language. For instance, the famous opening lines of the book are...

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The Dead

Short Story

"The Dead" is the final short story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. The other stories in the collection are shorter, whereas at 15,952 words, "The Dead" is almost long enough to be described as a novella. The story deals with themes...

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Chamber Music

Love Poems Music Verses

Chamber Music is a collection of poems by James Joyce. The collection originally comprised thirty-four love poems, but two further poems were added before publication ("All day I hear the noise of waters" and "I hear an army charging upon the land").

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Masterful short stories about life in Dublin at the turn of the century, by James Joyce. (Summary by Hugh McGuire)

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O, it was out by Donnycarney

LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 different recordings of O, it was out by Donnycarney, by James Joyce, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of March 11th, 2007.

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Exiles is a play by James Joyce, who is principally remembered for his novels. It was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. Its first major London performance was in 1970, when Harold Pinter directed it at the Mermaid Theatre....

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Pomes Penyeach

James Joyce published three volumes of poetry during his lifetime including Pomes Penyeach. This simple booklet was published in 1927 in Paris. The poems were written over a twenty-year period beginning in 1904 and are arranged chronologically in the...