James Joyce

Irish novelist and poet

Background

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet who was born on Febuary 2, 1882. He was the eldest of 10 children who showed passion for literature at an early age. Because of his intelligence his parents pushed him towards education. Joyce attended Clongowes Wood College and later Belvedere College before finally landing at University College Dublin, where he earned his Bachelors degreee of Arts with the focus on modern language. His interest in literature soon led him to be considered the most influential writer in the early 20th century because of his famous novel, Ulysses.

Why is he famous?

Joyce was famous for many reasons which included one of his most well known pieces of literature, Ulysses. Ulysses has gained the reputation of being amongst the finest novels ever written. Ulysses is best known for its stream-of-consciousness style, which let him express the thoughts of his charachter. Ulysses is an extraordinary encyclopedic book that makes language go everywhere and do everything, but at the heart of it is ordinary human fear: fear of being betrayed by the person you love, made to look a fool. Ulysses is an 18 chapter story about a journey and in each chapter is told from a different point of view of someone who was on the journey.

Into the Wild

“‘He was alone’ as James Joyce wrote of Stephan Dedalus, his artist as a young man. ‘He was unheeded, happy, and near the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and willful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight’” (31).


Similarities



  • Both had alter egos Joyces- Stephen Douglas Chris- Alex Supertramp
  • Similar backgrounds
  • Family troubles (parents)

"To discover the mode of life or of art whereby [my] spirit could express itself in unfettered freedom." Part 5, page 267

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