James Joyce Exhibit Marks the Centennial of Bloomsday

Posted: June 7, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This spring, Fenwick Library offers a special centennial exhibit for the James Joyce aficionados who annually celebrate June 16 as Bloomsday. For the uninitiated, the entirety of James Joyce’s epic 1922 novel Ulysses, a metaphoric canvassing of the world as seen through the lens of Dublin, takes place on a single day, June 16, 1904, and Leopold Bloom is the protagonist. The exhibit is on display on the second floor, Wing A, of the Fenwick Library.

Prepared by the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives in collaboration with Professor Roger Lathbury, English, the exhibit includes photographs of Joyce and several editions of Ulysses, as well as many of Joyce’s other celebrated books, including Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Finnegans Wake.

Ulysses was originally published in Paris by Shakespeare and Company because Joyce’s radically new writing style and his frank vocabulary and treatment of sex precluded the book’s publication by British and American companies. Since Joyce was a tireless reviser and added many passages and corrections to Ulysses even as the book was being set in print, and because the French compositors had trouble following Joyce’s complex emendations, the goal of producing an authoritative text, free of typographical error and embodying Joyce’s myriad corrections, has proven elusive.

For additional information, contact the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives at 703-993-2220.

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