James Joyce set the tone for the literature of the twentieth century. His novels Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man were named the first and third best English-language novels of the twentieth century by Modern Library. The style, narration, and content of his works defined the Modernist literature movement. His works also inspired work in other fields—philosopher Jacques Derrida, for example, wrote a book on Joyce’s use of language in Ulysses. Whether you want to read them for their own merits or study them for their influence on Western literature, these books are a must.
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- All three of Joyce’s novels
- Joyce’s play, short stories, and poems
About James Joyce
James Joyce (1882–1941) was born in Dublin. He received his early education at two Jesuit schools, Clongowes and Belvedere. In 1898, he enrolled in University College in Dublin, where he studied English, French, and Latin, graduating in 1902. While at university, Joyce was involved in the theater and literary movements in the city. Following graduation, Joyce moved to Paris to study medicine. When the French lectures proved too difficult to follow, Joyce dropped out and returned to Dublin. Following his mother’s death in 1904, Joyce moved to Zurich and then to Trieste (at the time in Austra-Hungary), where he was a school teacher for 10 years. On the eve of WWI, Joyce moved back to Zurich, where he gained a patron whose support allowed him to focus on writing instead of teaching. In 1920, Joyce moved to Paris until 1940, when he returned to Zurich to escape the Nazis. He died in 1941 after surgery for a perforated colon.