On this day…25 November

On 25 November 1921 Joyce told Harriet Weaver that ‘Ithaca’ was probably his favourite episode of Ulysses. In an unpublished letter to Harriet Weaver, Joyce describes ‘Ithaca’ as ‘the ugly duckling’ of Ulysses, ‘and therefore, I suppose, my favourite.’ With the completion of ‘Ithaca’ on 30 October, the writing of Ulysses had been completed. By […]

On this day…29 October

On 29 October 1921 Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Joyce had already finished writing the ‘Penelope’ episode of Ulysses in September 1921 and on 29 October he finished the ‘Ithaca’ episode, thus completing Ulysses. Joyce had written ‘Penelope’ quickly during August 1921. Apparently he had the idea for the first and last word of the episode […]

Guest Blog: Fathers of Western Thought

Fathers Of Western Thought continue their guest blog for the James Joyce Centre, with songs and lyrics based on Ulysses. These songs are based on the last three chapters of the novel, ‘Eumaeus’, ‘Itacha’ and ‘Penelope’. Love My Dirty Shirt Love My Dirty Shirt (Eumaeus) by FathersOfWesternThoughtJJ Lyrics Why did you leave Your father’s house? […]

Leopold Bloom

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 life.  He spends the day […]