James Joyce
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James Joyce

The eldest of ten children, James Joyce was born in Dublin on the 2nd of February 1882. Despite his family being impoverished by his father's failings as a business man, Joyce was educated at the best Jesuit schools and later in 1898 at University College Dublin. His first published work was a review on Ibsen's play When We Awaken in the Fortnightly Review in 1900. Upon graduating, Joyce moved to Paris in pursuit of a medical career. Before long, he gave up attending lectures and devoted himself to literature. He returned to Dublin as a result of the fatal illness of his mother and shortly afterwards, in 1904, Joyce met Nora Barnacle who was later to become his wife. The young couple travelled to the continent and in 1905 settled in Trieste where they were to remain until 1915. Joyce's first book Chamber Music was published in 1907 as a book of poetry and Dubliners followed in 1914. The Joyces had two children; Giorgio, born 1905 and Lucia in 1907. Lucia was to develop a disturbing mental illness which greatly affected the family and would remain a prominent factor for the rest of Jocye's life. During the First World War Joyce moved to Zurich where he remained until 1919 when he moved to Paris to work on what is widely understood as his greatest and most prodigious work, Ulysses. After being worked on for eight years, Ulysses was published in Paris in 1922 on Joyces Birthday. It could be true to say that in Ulysses, Joyce attempts to 'know' everything and to add to this 'knowledge' by creating his own language. Joyce's highly experimental and revolutionary work positioned him firmly as one of the key figures of modernism. As spoken to Georges Borach, one of Joyce's students in Zurich, Joyce comments that 'there are indeed hardly more than a dozen themes in world literature. Then there is an enormous number of combinations of these themes.' He goes on to denounce all the thinkers of the last 200 years and to position Aristotle as the 'greatest thinker of all time.' Such statements are testimony to Joyce's determination in his quest for knowledge, to know what knowledge was and to challenge it. Joyce greatly admired authors such as Dante, D'Annunzio and Ibsen. Joyce was greatly admired by many authors including Italo Svevo, author of Zeno's Conscience who he met in Trieste and, Samuel Beckett who he met in Paris.

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    • Ulysses

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Jim Norton
    • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Colin Farrell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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    This quintessential coming-of-age novel describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus. A Portrait... follows Stephen Dedalus from his babyhood into early adulthood and is notable for being the first work in which Joyce uses his innovative “stream of consciousness” writing style.....

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    • tantalising, tickling all of the senses

    • By Hannah on 11-03-19

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    • Dubliners

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: T. P. McKenna
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in 1882 in Dublin but spent most of his life living with Nora Barnacle in various parts of Europe....

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    • Life, Death and Dublin

    • By Francis on 13-04-13

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    • Dubliners (Naxos Edition)

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    James Joyce's Dubliners is a collection of short stories about the lives of the people of Dublin around the turn of the century....

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    • Dubliners

    • By: James Joyce
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    These vivid, tightly focused observations about the life of Dublin's poorer classes originally made publishers uneasy....

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    • Dubliners

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    • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Jim Norton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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    Dublin at the turn of the century provides the backdrop as Stephen Dedalus moves from town and society, towards the irrevocable decision to leave....

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    • By Amazon Customer on 16-11-18

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    • Finnegans Wake

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Jim Norton, Marcella Riordan
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    Finnegans Wake, the greatest avant-garde novel of all time, was first published 70 years ago - and people are still trying to work out what it is about....

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    • Ulysses

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: John Lee
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    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds....

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    • Excellent Rendition of Joyce's Masterpiece

    • By John on 31-08-10

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    • Ulysses

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
    • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
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    Ulysses takes us on the journey of two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through an hour-by-hour account of their lives for one day....

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    • A fantastic book (literally)

    • By M. R. Beaumont on 07-09-18

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    • Finnegans Wake

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna
    • Length: 1 hr
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    This idiosyncratic novel is full of multilingual puns and portmanteau words, intended to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • By The New Rashi on 28-11-16

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