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This is the FAQ for alt.books.james-joyce. It is a work in progress and we
expect to update it frequently.

Right now the FAQ is mostly empty, but it will be filled out as the newsgroup

Changes since last update

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Recommended Joyce Biography.

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Charter and posting guideline


alt.books.james-joyce is for the review, criticism, commentary and discussions
exploring the meaning of James Joyce's novels, plays and poetry, or anything
else related to Joyce's life and work.

Posting Guidelines

Questions: Read the FAQ before asking a question. Don't expect us to do your
homework for you.

Discussion: Lively discussion is encouraged. Flaming is not. An excellent FAQ
on flaming can be found in the alt.callahans newsgroup.

Announcements should be short and relevant. Commercial announcements are
discouraged but announcements of Joyce related events are encouraged.

About James Joyce

James Joyce was born in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland on Feb 2, 1882. He attended
college, traveled to Rome, Trieste, and Zurich, where he died in 1941.

His life is the basis of the character Stephen Dedalus, the protagonist of
*"The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man"* and a major character in

Joyce wrote finely drawn character studies in his short stories, collected in
*"Dubliners,"* and boldly used language, changing the nature of the novel in
*"Finnegans Wake,"* a book that neither ends nor begins.

He wrote poetry, collected in *"Pomes Penyeach"* and *"Collected Poems,"* and
one play, *"Exiles."* He also wrote essays and taught.

Other Joyce resources on the net

There are several excellent web sites dedicated to James Joyce. What follows
is just a sample.

Joyce Sites on the WWWeb
A good place to start looking for Joyce sites.

International James Joyce Foundation (IJJF)
A Center for study of Joyce, based at Ohio State University.

Hypermedia Joyce Studies
An online publication dedicated to Joyce studies

There are also two mailing lists.  Information on how to access the mailing
lists can be found at the IJJF site.


Why did Joyce call Stephen "Dedalus"?

In his biography of Joyce, Richard Ellmann wrote
     To suggest the Christian and pagan elements in his mind, even to the point
     of absurdity, Joyce called himself Stephen Daedalus (then, to make it a
     little less improbable, Stephen Dedalus) after Christianity's first martyr
     and paganism's greatest inventor. Stephen would be a saint of literature,
     and like Dedalus would invent wings to soar beyond his compatriots, and a
     labyrinth, a mysterious art based on great cunning.


Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories. The first story was
written in 1904 just before he eloped with Nora. The collection was published
in 1914, while Joyce was working on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


A play, set in Dublin in 1912. One of Joyce's lesser known works.

Collected Poems

Joyce's first published book was *Chamber Music*, a collection of 36 poems,
which along with *Pomes Penyeach*, a collection of 12 short poems and the
single poem *Ecce Puer* were collected and published in 1936

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A novel in a traditional form. Partially autobiographical fiction. Joyce
appears as Stephen Dedalus. Published in 1916 and 1917 after having been
serialized in "The Egoist" in 1914.


Possibly the greatest undertaking in 20th century writing, Ulysses chronicles
the events of a single day. It was published by *Shakespeare and Company,* a
Paris seller of English language books in 1922. It caused a controversy in the
US, requiring a trial in 1933 to be deemed not obscene.


Q: What's up with John Kidd's multimedia Ulysses?

A: It gets announced approximately yearly, but never released.  Kidd is a
notorious perfectionist (ie, afraid of criticism).  If it ever comes out it
will supposedly be multiple CD-ROMs with video segments and an entirely
re-done body of annotations, plus full text of many critical classsics.

Q: Which edition of Ulysses should I buy?

A: The Gabler edition offers the easiest cross-referencing system.  The Modern
Library edition is still more popular.  The Rose edition is full of Rose's own
inventions.  The 1922 facsimile suffers from the many original typos.

Finnegans Wake

Joyce spent 17 years in exile, working on his most complex book, considered by
many his masterpiece and by even more as unreadable. It was published in 1939.

A Joyce Bibliography

The standard biography of Joyce is Richard Ellmann's *"James Joyce"*

An excellent bibliography of books about Joyce can be found at the IJJF web
site mentioned in section 2.


This FAQ is maintained by Martin Fouts
<> who has made every effort to ensure
its accuracy.

Errors in the FAQ and suggestions for improvements have been pointed out by
"John Yates" <>
"Dominic Cordisco" <> (Chris [Steve] Piuma)
Michael Dorfman <>

All remaining errors are still the responsibility of the maintainer.

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