May 28, 1996
James Joyce, an Irish novelist and poet, grew up near Dublin.
James Joyce is
one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century.
In each of his
works he used symbols to experience what he called
an "epiphany", the revelation
of certain revealing qualities about himself. His early writings reveal individual
moods and characters and the plight of Ireland and the Irish artist in the 1900's.
Later works, reveal a man in all his complexity as an artist and in family aspects.
Joyce is known for his style of
writing called "stream of consciousness".
this technique, he ignored ordinary sentence structure and attempted to reproduce
the rambling's of the human mind.
Many of his works were influenced
by his life
in Ireland as an artist.
He was influenced by three main factors in his life, his
childhood and parents, his homeland of Dublin, Ireland, and the Roman Catholic
These three aspects show up in all his works subtly, but specifically in,
The Dead, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Araby.
James Joyce, was born February 2, 1882 in Dublin, Ireland.
He was the first
of fifteen kids born to Mary Jane Murray, and John Stanslaus Joyce.
christened James Augustine Aloysius Joyce.
His mother was a mild woman who had
intelligent opinions but didn't express them.
His father was a violent, quick
tempered man who was a
medical student and politician.
He was educated in Dublin
at Jesuit school's his whole life.
In 1888, he went to Clongeswood College, but
his father lost his job and James had to withdraw.
He graduated in October of
1902, from Royal University.
He was fascinated by the sounds of words and by the
rhythms of speech since he first started school.
He was trained by the Jesuits who
at one time hoped he would join their order; but Joyce became estranged from the
Jesuits and defected from the Catholic Church after graduating college.
a huge effort to free himself from all aspects of the past such as, family,
religion, and country.
He left Ireland in 1902 after graduating college.
the rest of his life in either Trieste, Zurich, or Paris.
During this time he was
He spent much of his working career as a
said to have known 17 languages.
He also spent time as a bank clerk, while trying
to find time to write.
He started to have eye problems in 1907, and by the end of