James Joyce’s World by Patricia Hutchins

By Patricia Hutchins

First released in 1957, this ebook explores what remained of Joyce’s historical past, not just in eire yet in these towns in another country the place his books have been written. With the co-operation of these who knew the writer, together with his brother, a lot new fabric was once introduced jointly to shed new mild on Joyce’s lifestyles, personality and strategies of writing. the writer strains Joyce, and his writings, from his beginnings in eire, via Zürich, London and Paris, to his tricky ultimate yr at Vichy in 1940. formerly unpublished letters illustrate his relationships with vital figures of the interval like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and H.G. Wells. This name might be of curiosity to pupil of literature.

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1 Yet I saw he would have backed James against his father, the sensitive rather than the flamboyant character, and perhaps dealt with the situation more wisely had it arisen in his time. DRUM CONDRA Following the same pavement from Belvedere over which Joyce had played the game o f stepping within the lines, reading the fate o f his weekly essay ‘ in incident o f the way’, or with Lamb’s Adventures of Ulysses in mind, one can turn left into Upper Gardiner Street. Across the road is the Church o f St Francis Xavier, with the priests’ house beside it.

During that period the question o f James’s future became im­ portant. His father thought he was ‘cut out’ for the law, while at Belvedere they had hopes o f getting him a clerkship in Guinness’s brewery. In the end it was decided that he should graduate at University College. B y 1901 the name o f John Joyce again appears in Thorn s Directory, as occupier o f No. 8 Royal Terrace, Fairview. This address probably coin­ cided with the end o f Joyce’s first year at University College. The im­ mediate vicinity was once a little Scottish colony, it seems, built by the founder o f a neighbouring firm and perhaps accommodating families connected with the distillery on the river.

Yet one often has the stimulating sense o f all being actors in a play, evolving into some sort o f higgledy-piggledy pattern o f Irish life. Nor was it very different in James Joyce’s time. A contributor to St Stephens described ‘the sea o f troubles’ to be faced by the organizers ‘be­ fore the finished whole is placed before the world’. There were ‘the cease­ less committee meetings held in the professors’ room, in the street, at Choral Union concerts, or in the mysterious mazes o f newspaper offices, and the struggles with speakers who decline to speak, or worse encounters with orators whose anxiety to address the public outweighs the desire o f the public to listen to them’.

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