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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce

Author: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce

Dates: 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941

Nationality: Irish

Title of Book: Ulysses

Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest. He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains. Then, catching sight of Stephen Dedalus, he bent towards him and made rapid crosses in the air, gurgling in his throat and shaking his head. Stephen Dedalus, displeased and sleepy, leaned his arms on the top of the staircase and looked coldly at the shaking gurgling face that blessed him, equine in its length, and at the light untonsured hair, grained and hued like pale oak.

Buck Mulligan peeped an instant under the mirror and then covered the bowl smartly.

— Back to barracks, he said sternly.

He added in a preacher’s tone:

— For this, O dearly beloved, is the genuine Christine: body and soul and blood and ouns. Slow music, please. Shut your eyes, gents. One moment. A little trouble about those white corpuscles. Silence, all.

He peered sideways up and gave a long low whistle of call, then paused awhile in rapt attention, his even white teeth glistening here and there with gold points. Chrysostomos. Two strong shrill whistles answered through the calm.


Brief Biography: Joyce was considered to be one of the most influential writers of modernist avant-garde movement. He eloped with his wife to Switzerland in 1904 and rarely returned to Ireland. For much of his life Joyce had a difficult relationship with religion and his writings reflect his feelings about the repressive power of the Catholic tradition in which he was raised.