Friday, 15 June 2012

Ulysses by James Joyce. An Anniversary

Ulysses is a novel by the Irish author James Joyce. It was first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on 2 February 1922, in Paris. One of the most important works of Modernist literature, it has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so foregrounded the process of thinking."
Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, 16 June 1904 (the day of Joyce's first date with his future wife,Nora Barnacle). The title alludes to Odysseus (Latinised into Ulysses), the hero of Homer's Odyssey, and establishes a series of parallels between characters and events in Homer's poem and Joyce's novel (e.g., the correspondence of Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, Molly Bloom to Penelope, andStephen Dedalus to Telemachus). Joyce fans worldwide now celebrate 16 June as Bloomsday.

 James Joyce

Another example of a significant author who was not that prolific but nevertheless well considered. In some ways it is what we always aspire to be as writers but so often this sort of recognition comes posthumously. As Indie Authors we hope and strive for recognition during our lifetime.

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