James Joyce: A Biography

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Orion, May 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Long-awaited and comprehensive biography of the great Irish author James Joyce

James Joyce was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, but he was not immediately recognised as such; rather he lived in exile in the cosmopolitan Europe of the 1920s in a bid to escape the suffocating atmosphere and parochial prejudices of his native Dublin. His unstinting dedication to authorship picks him out as a writer in the romantic tradition. He battled poverty and financial dependency for much of his adult life, as well as near-blindness from 1917 and the grief of his daughter Lucia's mental illness. He suffered too the slings and arrows of uncomprehending critics especially for his influential Ulysses, which was banned in both Britain and America.

Drawing on considerable new material that has only recently become available, Gordon Bowker's biography attempts to get beyond the exterior life to explore the inner landscape of an extraordinary writer who continues to influence and fascinate, well over a century after his birth.

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I think the information is fine, but found some sections to be glossed over with subjective judgements that I am not really sure are necessary. I think Bowker's book on Lowery is a very good biography ... Read full review

Review: James Joyce: A Biography

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Why do I keep reading these literary biographies. His grandmother was named Margaret Flynn, just like me. Coincidence, probably. It does appear that we are related to the same Flynn's in Ireland. What does this mean? That I, too, may make no money on my writing during my lifetime. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Gordon Bowker is the acclaimed author of a biography of Malcolm Lowry, (author of UNDER THE VOLCANO), entitled PURSUED BY FURIES and an excellent biography of George Orwell. He lives in Notting Hill, London.

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