James Joyce: A Biography
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - carl.rollyson - LibraryThing
James Joyce called biographers "biografiends." And yet his work is so autobiographical, and he was so meticulous about documenting the real world of Ireland, that he might as well have set up a ... Read full review
JAMES JOYCE: A New BiographyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The biographer of Orwell, Lowry and Durrell returns with a massively detailed narrative of the life of the author of Ulysses.Bowker (Inside George Orwell, 2003, etc.) begins with several of the myriad ... Read full review