Born OTD in 1955, Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet, Colm Tóibín. In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland’s greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde’s doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats’ father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work.

Colm Toibin illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their … More

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

The first novel by James Joyce, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, was published OTD in 1916. It traces the religious & intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce & an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions & rebels against the Catholic & Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe.

With an Introduction and Notes by Dr. Jacqueline Belanger, University of Cardiff. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young … More