Born OTD in 1882, Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic, James Joyce. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential & important authors of the 20th century. Joyce’s fictional universe centres on Dublin and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies & friends from his time there. Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets & alleyways of the city. Shortly after the publication of Ulysses, he elucidated this preoccupation somewhat, saying, “For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal

A complete account of the life and times of James Joyce in the form of a graphic novel. From his … More

First published OTD in 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses. Since its publication, the book has attracted controversy & scrutiny, ranging from an obscenity trial in the United States in 1921, to protracted textual “Joyce Wars”. The novel’s stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, & experimental prose—replete with puns, parodies, & allusions—as well as its rich characterisation & broad humour, have led it to be regarded as one of the greatest literary works in history; Joyce fans worldwide now celebrate 16 June as Bloomsday.

Ulysses is divided into the three books (marked I, II, and III), and 18 episodes. The episodes do not have … More

Born OTD in 1890, Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early-20th-century Irish struggle for independence, Mícheál Ó Coileáin (Michael Collins). The Rising was Collins’ first appearance in national events. When it commenced on Easter Monday 1916, Collins served as Joseph Plunkett’s aide-de-camp at the rebellion’s headquarters in the General Post Office in Dublin. There he fought alongside Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, & other members of the Rising leadership. The Rising was put down after six days, but the insurgents achieved their goal of holding their positions for the minimum time required to justify a claim to independence under international criteria.

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Connolly was a peerless organizer, sharp polemicist, & highly original thinker. His positions on the relationship between national liberation & socialism, revolution in colonized & under developed economies, & women’s liberation in particular were often decades ahead of their time.

“James Connolly was an uncompromising fighter for Irish freedom and a socialist for all the world. He lived in tumultuous … More