Bloomsday-June 16th

“Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.” James Joyce, Ulysses

Joyce first came up with the idea for Ulysses as a short story that was to be included in his now famous “Dubliners” collection. He decided to make it a long novel instead and made it a sort of sequel to “A Portrait of a Young Artist”; it picks up Stephen Dedalus’s life more than a year after the where the Portrait ends. (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/ulysses/context.html)

James Joyce’s Ulysses records a single day in the life of the main characters Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus. It follows their lives and thoughts on June 16th 1904. A special day for Joyce as it was the day he met his wife to be Nora Barnacle. (http://classiclit.about.com/od/bannedliteratur1/a/aa_ulysses_2.htm)

Nowadays, on June 16th Dublin and the rest of the world celebrate Ulysses with Bloomsday named after the main character Leopold Bloom. The first Bloomsday celebrated in Ireland was in 1954. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the day. Noted Irish writers/poets Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien visited locations mentioned in the book like that of Davy Byrne’s Pub, 7 Eccles Street while reading out passages from the book. All across the world on Bloomsday people celebrate with readings, re-enactments, plays and numerous other events. In Dublin, enthusiasts also known as Joyceans dress up in Edwardian costume and gather at the key places mentioned in the novel. (http://www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=142)

From June 10th -16th Dublin becomes the playground of Joyceans everywhere with week long events celebrating Ulysses and one of the great writers of the 20th century. Wish to eat like Mr. Bloom did than the breakfast held at the James Joyce Centre is for you; want to follow in the footsteps of Leopold join one of the walking tours or bike tours or bus tours. Pop over to Temple Bar and watch street performances of the work, go to the launch party for the new IPHONE App for Ulysses and that’s just a few of the many things to look forward to this week. (http://www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=142)

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