Friday, September 10, 2010

James Joyce Museum

Statue of James Joyce
on North Earl Street, Dublin

Located in one of the world’s most famous literary landmarks, Martello Tower, which was featured in the opening chapter of Ulysses, The James Joyce Museum is not to be missed!

James Joyce was a literary giant, considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Joyce, along with others, was a key figure in the development of the modernist novel. Though most of Joyce's adult life was spent in continental Europe, his fictional universe does not extend much beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; Ulysses in particular is set in the real streets and alleyways of the city.

Joyce’s major works include: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles and Poetry, Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses. Joyce's Ulysses is a novel of eighteen "episodes," all set in Dublin, Ireland, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 am, June 16-17, 1904. The three main characters are a young school teacher and aspiring writer named Stephen Dedalus (the main character of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), a middle-aged Jewish advertising salesman named Leopold Bloom, and Leopold's wife, Molly Bloom. The plot and theme of James Joyce's Ulysses center on life as a journey. Joyce based the framework of his novel on the structure of one of the greatest and most influential works in world literature, The Odyssey, by Homer.

The work and life of Joyce is celebrated annually on 16 June, Bloomsday, in Dublin and in an increasing number of cities worldwide.

The James Joyce Museum is just a short walk from Dun Laoghaire, in Sandycove, South County Dublin, in Martello Tower, which was originally built by the British as a defense against the expected Napoleonic invasion. The museum houses a large collection of Joyce memorabilia including letters, photographs, first and rare editions and personal possessions of Joyce, as well as items associated with the Dublin of Ulysses.

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