James Joyce

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Date of Birth February 2, 1882
Place of Birth Rathgar, Ireland
Date of Death Jan 13, 1941 (58)
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James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, 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, and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake. His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published letters and occasional journalism. Joyce was born in Dublin into a middle-class family. A brilliant student, he briefly attended the Christian Brothers-run O'Connell School before excelling at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, despite the chaotic family life imposed by his father's unpredictable finances. He went on to attend University College Dublin.

Born: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, February 02, 1882, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 13, 1941, Zürich, Switzerland
Resting place: Fluntern Cemetery, Zürich
Occupation: Novelist
Language: English
Nationality: Irish
Citizenship: British
Alma mater: University College Dublin
Period: 1914-1939
Genre: Novels, Short stories, Poetry
Literary movement: Modernism
Years active: 1904-1940
Spouse: Nora Barnacle (1931-his death)
Children: Lucia, Giorgio
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About James Joyce

Acclaimed Irish modernist author who became known for his incredible command of the English language and for his provocatively complex works of fiction. His famous pieces include Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Dubliners.

Before Fame

He attended the Jesuit schools in and around Dublin, where he excelled in French, Italian, Latin, and German, as well as in the study of classic literature. In his early twenties, he immigrated to continental Europe, spending time in Switzerland and France.


Upon hearing critics call Ulysses profane and vulgar, Joyce responded by saying, "If Ulysses is unfit to read, then life is unfit to live."

Family Life

He was born in Dublin, Ireland to Mary Jane Murray and John Stanislaus Joyce, and he grew up with nine siblings including fellow writer Stanislaus Joyce. He met his future wife, Nora Barnacle, in 1904. The couple later had two children named Giorgio and Lucia.


During the seventeen years it took Joyce to write his final novel, Finnegans Wake, he suffered from increasingly diminishing eyesight and enlisted the help of literary friends such as Samuel Beckett.

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  • James Joyce Tower and Museum - The James Joyce Tower and Museum is a Martello tower in Sandycove, Dublin, where James Joyce spent six nights in 1904. The opening scenes of his 1922 novel Ulysses take place here, and the tower is a place of pilgrimage for Joyce enthusiasts, especially on Bloomsday. Admission is free.
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