On this day…21 May

On 21 May 1904 Bloom borrows The Stark Munro Letters from Capel Street Library. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, Bloom, looking in the mirror, reviews the books stacked on two shelves. Among them is Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Stark Munro Letters which Bloom borrowed from the Capel Street Library on Whitsun Eve, Saturday 21 […]

On this day…29 March

On 29 March 1918 Ezra Pound criticised Joyce’s language in ‘Calypso.’ Writing on Good Friday, 29 March 1918, Pound warned Joyce of the possibility that the Egoist and the Little Review would be suppressed because of Joyce’s language. He claimed that he wouldn’t mind suppression on account of what Joyce had written in the first […]

Leopold Bloom

[singlepic id=586 w=320 h=240 float=] The everyman hero of Ulysses, Joyce’s reworking of Odysseus.  Bloom is 38 years old, Hungarian Jewish from his father (Rudolf Virag) and Irish Catholic from his mother (Ellen Higgins).  He currently works as an ad canvasser for the newspaper The Freeman’s Journal, but he’s had other odd jobs throughout his […]