James Joyce

By: Micah King


Joyce is an Irish novelist lived from 1882 to 1941. He wrote multiple books and poem and was considered one of the most influential writers of his time. During his time in Paris, he developed eye sight problems, yet continued to write even though he went through multiple operations and even Schizophrenia, which is a severe and disabling brain disorder.

Why Paris?

James Joyce was invited to Paris for a week by Ezra Pound, but would stay there for 20 years because Paris inspired his writings. For example, Joyce used some of the inspiration he found in Paris to finish the book Ulysses. He was also offered medical help for the struggle with Schizophrenia. Joyce showed the hardships of reality, struggling with disabilities and diseases, such as Schizophrenia, but still proceeded with his passion, kind of like the American Dream with the colonists, how they fought to beat the harsh conditions of the frontier.

Major Literary Achievements

  • Finnegan's wake
  • Ulysses
  • Exiles and poetry
  • Dubliners