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Reads tagged with “James Joyce”

Sylvia Beach and the World’s First International Writers’ Protest
Sylvia Beach and the World’s First International Writers’ Protest

When 167 literary titans banded together in solidarity with “that security of works of the intellect and the imagination without which art cannot live.”

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Teenage James Joyce’s Beautiful Letter to Ibsen, His Great Hero
Teenage James Joyce’s Beautiful Letter to Ibsen, His Great Hero

“We always keep the dearest things to ourselves.”

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Carl Jung’s Delightfully Disgruntled Review of Ulysses and His Letter to James Joyce
Carl Jung’s Delightfully Disgruntled Review of Ulysses and His Letter to James Joyce

“You may gather from my article what Ulysses has done to a supposedly balanced psychologist.”

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John Vernon Lord’s Whimsical Illustrations for James Joyce’s <em>Finnegans Wake</em>
John Vernon Lord’s Whimsical Illustrations for James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Enchanting drawings bring to life “a book that has to be experienced rather than fully understood.”

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The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers
The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Color-coded muses, rotten apples, self-imposed house arrest, and other creative techniques at the intersection of the superstitious and the pragmatic.

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James Joyce’s Love Letters
James Joyce’s Love Letters

“If I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.”

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How to Ask for Help: Young James Joyce’s Magnificent Letter to Lady Gregory
How to Ask for Help: Young James Joyce’s Magnificent Letter to Lady Gregory

“All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light.”

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Rare and Stunning Etchings for <em>Ulysses</em> by Italian Artist Mimmo Paladino
Rare and Stunning Etchings for Ulysses by Italian Artist Mimmo Paladino

Emanating James Joyce in black, white, and gold.

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Djuna Barnes Interviews James Joyce in 1922: The Iconic Irishman’s Most Significant Interview
Djuna Barnes Interviews James Joyce in 1922: The Iconic Irishman’s Most Significant Interview

“He turned to quill and paper, for so he could arrange, in the necessary silence, the abundant inadequacies of life, as a laying-out of jewels — jewels with a will to decay.”

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James Joyce’s Humorous Morphology of the Many Outrageous Myths about Him
James Joyce’s Humorous Morphology of the Many Outrageous Myths about Him

How the celebrated author earned a reputation as a lazy coke-head movie mogul with a peculiar clock habit.

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