HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMES JOYCE! His works got me hooked in my teens when I really related to his character Stephen Dedalus as he rejected his religion and indulged what I call his “young and pretentious side” in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). I wore out my copy of Joyce’s novel Ulysses (1922) and continue to mark Bloom’s Day to this very day.
Over the years Finnegans Wake (1939) replaced Ulysses as my favorite Joyce novel and I’m fonder than many people are of his play Exiles (1918).
Naturally, I’m also into his “epiphanies” in Dubliners (1914) and, poetry geek that I am, even Pomes Penyeach (1927) and Chamber Music (1907). Aside from the fully assembled version of Joyce’s poem Giacomo Joyce, I’m still uncommitted regarding his works published posthumously – the short story The Cats of Copenhagen, and Finn’s Hotel, the collection of ten rough drafts of potential material for Finnegans Wake.
So, if you live in Ireland, say hello to Anna Livia Plurabelle for me today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNNY JEEM!
6 responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMES JOYCE!”
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Thank you again, sir!
I confess, I just didn’t understand him!
Yes, he is kind of a niche taste.
A great visionary and thinker. Happy birthday!
Thank you, mate 👍
I agree, he was terrific! Thanks for commenting!