Dubliners is a collection of vignettes of Dublin life at the end of the 19th Century written, by Joyce’s own admission, in a manner that captures some of the unhappiest moments of life. Some of the dominant themes include lost innocence, missed opportunities and an inability to escape one’s circumstances. Joyce’s intention in writing Dubliners, […]

Chamber Music

Although not renowned for his poetry, Joyce’s work in this area is accomplished. Chamber Music is a collection of thirty-six poems, all accessible to the Joycean novice. Chamber Music is essentially a collection of love poems written in different styles, composed and revised between 1901 and 1906. Elkin Mathews of London published the first edition in 1907, the same […]


Dubliners Joyce’s intention in writing Dubliners, in his own words was to write a chapter of the moral history of his country, and he chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to him the centre of paralysis. He tried to present it to the indifferent public under four of its aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity and […]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

In this novel Joyce sets forth the childhood, adolescence and early manhood of his character, Stephen Dedalus, his own alter ego in both A Portrait and Ulysses. He travels through Stephen’s mind and soul allowing us to experience his mental and spiritual development whilst witnessing the physical changes he goes through as he matures.   Joyce as part […]