Life and Times of James Joyce

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in a wealthy suburb of Ireland just south of Dublin on February 2, 1882. The Joyce family was considered of the upper class and had blood lines that could be traced back to old Irish nobility in the country. Their "noble" blood did not prove to be enough to maintain their social status, the family's position in society steadily declined as James Joyce aged, and he was constantly moving to more modest residences, a main cause of this was due to James' father, John Joyce, who had problems with unemployment. John Joyce was an Irish Catholic who had issues with alcohol and managing money. James Joyce's father was considered a patriot, and his influences are very evident in Joyce's work, especially A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. In 1888 a young Joyce was sent to what was considered one of the top preparatory schools in Ireland, a Jesuit institution, Clongowes. After completion at Clongowes Joyce went on to Belvedere, which was located in Dublin. He then enrolled in Royal University, or as it is better known, University College to complete his education. Joyce's years at Clongowes are depicted in his work through Stephen Dedalus. The character does attend the school at a different time than his creator, but it is Clongowes that Joyce chose for Stephen to attend. James Joyce became increasingly interested in a group of people known as the "Irish Literary Renaissance" and in turn became disapproving of Ireland's traditional elements, the most prominent of these elements being the Catholic Church. At the age of twenty Joyce left Ireland and went to study medicine in Paris, France. He did not return to Ireland until the next year when he received word tha... ... middle of paper ... ...uot; 09 October 2003. <>. Hurt, James, and Brian Wilkie. Literature of the Western World Volume II Neoclassicism Through the Modern Period. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Hans Walter Gabler et al. NY: Vintage, 1993. Joyce, James. Ulysses. New York: Vintage Books A Division of Random House, Inc, 1986. Moran, Maria. "Nationalism in James Joyce." Universitat de Valencia Press (1999). 11 October 2003 <>. Sherry, Vincent. James Joyce/Ulysses. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. Tracy, Robert. "The Jews of Ireland." Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought Summer (1999). October 10 2003 < m0411/3_48/64507455/print.jhtml>.
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