James Joyce Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 22 pages of information about the life of James Joyce.
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Authors and Artists for Young Adults on James Joyce

James Joyce is a monument of modernism in literature. In the opening passage of his biography, James Joyce, Richard Ellmann aptly summarized the writer's impact on twentieth-century letters, "We are still learning to be James Joyce's contemporaries, to understand our interpreter." Since the publication of Finnegans Wake, a critical commonplace has held that no author now writing in English can attempt to create a work of prose fiction without contending with the force of Joyce's reconstitution of the genre; but, as Ellmann's statement implies, such a presumption projects only a small measure of Joyce's intellectual and artistic achievement.

Contemporary readers can hardly take up a work of fiction without falling under the influence of the conventions that Joyce established for experiencing a text. Many feel his influence directly; editors regularly anthologize short stories from his 1914 Dubliners collection, and Joyce's first published novel, A Portrait of the Artist as...

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