Monday, February 2, 2009

Does nobody understand . . .

Today we celebrate the life and works of James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941), Irish novelist, short-story writer and poet.

James Joyce led a nomadic life, and in his writing career suffered from rejections from publishers, suppression by censors, attacks by critics, and misunderstanding by readers.

"Does nobody understand?"
- James Joyce, Last words (January 1941)

Ulysses was published in its entirety on February 2, 1922, in Paris, France and is considered James Joyce's greatest work. In fact, many refer to it as one of the most important works of Modernist literature.

It was a controversial work. Its censorship for obscenity in America and England were not lifted until the mid-1930s.  The novel Ulysses by James Joyce was burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929). (source) How many "banned books" have you read? Visit the Forbidden Library to find out.

February is Library Lovers Month.

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