Fun Facts Friday: James Joyce

February 3, 2012

Yesterday we celebrated James Joyce’s birthday. Joyce is well known for his stream of consciousness novel Ulysses.

Books by James Joyce

1 ) James Joyce was the eldest of 10 children born in Dublin, Ireland.

2 ) An outstanding student, Joyce learned Norwegian so he can read Henrik Ibsen place in their original language.

3 ) Joyce’s wife and mother to his children, Nora Barnacle, was uneducated by lively which is why he fell in love with her.

4 ) Between 1917 and 1930 Joyce hand 25 operations on his eyes.

5 ) Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, a rewrite of a novel he abandoned, won Joyce several benefactors including Edith Rockefeller.

6 ) The novel Ulysses started out as a serial in Little Review, an American magazine. However, the U.S. Post Office stopped distributing the magazine because, according to them, the novel was obscene.

7 ) Ulysses was self published in 1922 by Sylvia Beach, over of Shakespeare and Co. in Paris.

8 ) The name of the elementary particle “quark” in quantum physics comes from the line Three quarks for Muster Mark!” in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

9 ) the works and life of James Joyce are celebrated annually in Dublin on June 16 – Bloomsday.

10) Some writers who count James Joyce as an important influence are Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O’Brien, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Salman Rushdie, Robert Anton Wilson, John Updike and Joseph Campbell.

Books by James Joyce

Zohar – Man of la Book

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  • C.E. Hart February 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Love fun fact Fridays! Thanks, Zohar. 🙂

  • Suzanne February 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Interesting though they may be, I don’t think there is a fact fun enough to get me to read any more Joyce works. Ulysses was more than enough for my lifetime, thank you very much.

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