On Thursday 28th November attendees, Joyce fans, friends and family joined us for a glass of wine and a stimulating discussion of The Necessary Fiction: Life with James Joyce’s “Ulysses” with author Michael Groden and James Joyce Centre Research Scholar Terence Killeen.
The James Joyce Centre celebrated the publication of an unusual exercise in “biblio-memoir” or “autobloomography” that answers the question of how one person can spend an entire life with one book.
During more than 50 years of reading, teaching, and writing about Joyce’s Ulysses, Michael Groden has often been asked why he has devoted so much time and energy to Joyce’s novel. Ulysses made an indelible impression when he first read it at the age of 19 – and the appeal has never waned throughout his life. In The Necessary Fiction: Life with James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Groden offers a life story in relation to a single work of art and also a personal discussion of Ulysses for both new and experienced readers.