James Joyce

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  • Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
  • The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
  • A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
  • I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality.
  • Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
  • Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
  • When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.
  • Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.


James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, was born in Rathgar, Dublin on 2 February 1882, died 13 January 1941 in Zurich. He was an Irish novelist and poet. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde, and is one of the most influential and important authors of the twentieth century.

Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the stream of consciousness technique he utilized. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.

In 1904, in his early twenties, Joyce emigrated permanently to continental Europe with his partner (and later wife) Nora Barnacle. They lived in Trieste, Paris, and Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce's fictional universe centres on Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there. Ulysses in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city. Shortly after the publication of Ulysses, he wrote "For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."


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