10 Interesting facts about James Joyce

For anyone curious or interested to learn more about James Joyce, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Known for works including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Exiles, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake.
  • 2. James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882 and died in 1941.  Besides Ireland, Joyce had spent considerable time in Trieste, Zurich, and Paris.
  • 3. Dubliners is a collection of short stories from the Dublin society.
  • 4. Exiles was the only play that Joyce had done, started in 1914 and published in 1918.
  • 5. He lived in the seaport city of Trieste, northeastern Italy, for most of 1905 to 1915.
  • 6. Quotes by James Joyce include “Mistakes are the portals of discovery” or “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.”
  • 7. Ulysses was modeled or structured after The Odyssey by Homer, where each episode in Ulysses is based on an episode from The Odyssey.  It was written between 1914 and 1921.
  • 8. Finnegans Wake received a mixture of reviews, from those of praise for the intermix of languages and cycles, but many times criticized for being difficult to follow or make sense of.  The cycles it’s known for the start and ending, with the start being the end of one sentence and the ending being the beginning of the same sentence.
  • 9. Joyce received over 25 eye surgeries in his lifetime.
  • 10. In Dublin and other cities, James Joyce has an annual holiday called Bloomsday on June 16, the day that Ulysses takes place on.

Organize your writings on your own network

If you’re a writer or thinking about writing your own story, you can use an Odysen network to help organize your work.  Here are a few benefits you get from doing so:

  • Storing backups: Nothing worse than getting 90% done with a story only to have something happen to your computer (crash, stolen, virus), and you have to start over again.  On your network you can regularly upload drafts of your work to the Documents application, where you can access from any computer as well as have ready for potentially sharing with others if appropriate.
  • Using for research: While imagination can get you from one sentence to the next, often your work is based on some type of foundation or research you’ve done.  With your own network, you can organize some of this in a central place for easy reference, such as useful website links, stored papers or PDFs, photos, videos, and store notes of larger ideas or concepts.
  • Sharing with others: If you’re looking to get feedback on your work, you can either add others to your existing network or create a sub-network just for them.  From there you can import your stories from one network to another, let them know with an email notification, and the can add appropriate comments for feedback.
  • Publication: When you’re ready to try to get your story published, you can use your network to centralize a few of your activities.  This could be adding websites for various literary journals, magazines, book publishers, as well as those for DIY publishing services.  Include their blogs if available and add next steps to the Actions application.
  • Privacy: As it’s your network, you own your content and only others you’ve invited will have access to view it.  Helpful for keeping the rough drafts under wraps until the appropriate polish has been taken care of.
  • Low cost: You can get started or use on an occasional basis for free with the Basic plan, allowing you to add 50 content items, have 1 GB of storage, and create as many networks as you’d like.  Later you can upgrade to a relatively low cost plan for more active usage.

Learn more about having your own network for writing, including using the applications, the benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

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