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 […]


Joyce, heavily influenced by the dramatic writing of Henrik Ibsen, wrote his own theatrical work, Exiles in 1914 after the completion of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and just before beginning Ulysses. The play is set in the Dublin of 1912 and the plot revolves round the character of Richard Rowan and his intellectual dilemmas as […]


‘amid the insipissated grime of his glaucous den making believe to read his usylessly unreadable Blue Book of Eccles’ Finnegans Wake Initial preparation for Joyce’s work began in 1902 while Joyce was twenty years old. He was self-possessed enough to gather all his epiphanies and begin arranging them to form notes for Ulysses. He began work in […]