James Joyce
(1882-1941)

Died aged c. 59

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet. 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 (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the stream of consciousness technique he utilised. 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, occasional journalism and his published letters. Joyce was born in 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin—about half a mile from his mother's birthplace in Terenure—into a middle-class family on the way down. A brilliant student, he excelled at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, despite the chaotic family life imposed by his father's alcoholism and unpredictable finances. He went on to attend University College Dublin. In 1904, in his early twenties, Joyce emigrated permanently to continental Europe with his partner (and later wife) Nora Barnacle. They lived in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce's fictional universe centres on Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there. Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city. Shortly after the publication of Ulysses, he elucidated this preoccupation somewhat, saying, "For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."

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Commemorated on 14 plaques

St. Patrick's House of the Catholic university University College 1854-1909. John Henry Newman, Rector 1852-59, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Professor of Greek 1884-89, James Augustine Joyce, student 1899-1902

Merrion Square South, Dublin, Ireland where they was a student

James Joyce 1882-1941 novelist, wrote part of 'Finnegans Wake' here in 1923

6 Alexandra Terrace, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom where they wrote part of Finnegans Wake

Birthplace of James Joyce poet - novelist 1882-1941

41 Brighton Square, Dublin, Ireland where they was born (1882)

James Joyce author of Ulysses lived here from April to August 1904

No 60 Shelbourne Road, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

James Joyce [full inscription unknown]

23 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland where they was

Here in Joyce's imagination was born in May 1866 Leopold Bloom. Citizen, husband, father, wanderer, reincarnation of Ulysses

52 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland where they imagined

The Ormond Hotel is the setting for the episode The Sirens in Joyce's Ulysses

Ormond Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin, Ireland where they imagined

James Joyce 1882-1941 author lived here in 1931

28 Campden Grove, Kensington, W8 4JQ, London, United Kingdom where they lived

In this house lived James Joyce

'Leoville', Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

On this site stood Ireland's very first dedicated picture house, the Volta Cinema. It was opened on 20th December 1909 and managed by James Joyce. The converted 420-seat venue was renamed the Lyceum in 1921. It closed in 1948 and was demolished in the 1960s. Only the upper floor facades survives

45 Mary Street, Dublin, Ireland where they was

James Joyce (1882 - 1941) écrivain britannique d'origine irlandaise accueilli par Valery Larbaud, a achevé ici son roman "Ulysse," ouvrage majeur de la littérature du vingtième siècle

English translation: James Joyce (1882 - 1941) British writer of Irish origin greeted by Valery Larbaud, has here completed his novel “Ulysses,” a major work of twentieth century literature [AWS Translate]

71 rue de Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, France where they was

En 1922, dans cette maison, Melle. Sylvia Beach publia "Ulysses" de James Joyce.

English translation: In 1922, in this house, Miss. Sylvia Beach published “Ulysses” by James Joyce. [AWS Translate]

12 rue de l'Odéon, Paris, France where they was published (1922)

James Joyce Residence Restored by T C Walsh and Son Limited 1991

"Leoville", Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland where they lived

In questa casa romana dove abito dall agosto al Dicembre 1906 James Joyce esule volontario evoco la storia di ulisse facendo della sua Dublino il nostro universo

English translation: In this Roman house, from August to December 1906, lived James Joyce voluntary exile evoking the history of Ulysses making his Dublin our universe

, Rome, Italy where they lived (1906)