By Morris Beja
James Joyce: A Literary existence is a brief biography of Joyce for the coed and normal reader. it's the first biography to seem for a couple of years (and the 1st to exploit the entire voluminous fabrics by way of and approximately Joyce that have turn into greatly on hand over the past or 3 a long time) of a novelist whom many regard because the such a lot influential author of the 20th century, and definitely one of many significant figures in international literature.
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Extra info for James Joyce: A Literary Life (Macmillan Literary Lives)
I recall, too, that Joyce had had some difficulty for a week or so previously in extracting the money for the bazaar from his parent. [Fallon, in Joyce We Knew 48] Some of the stories of 'mature life' also had biographical origins; for example Stanislaus felt that Mr Duffy in 'A Painful Case' is 'a por trait of what my brother imagined I should become in middle age' although he acknowledged too that Joyce had lent Mr Duffy 'some traits of his own' (MBK 160). Of course the last story in the collection, 'The Dead', which was also the last written (Joyce completed it in September 1907), depended a great deal on family history - most notably Nora's past.
16 The plan was impractical if only because of costs (Joyce could not even afford the lute). Never theless, he continued to sing; one Dubliner, Joseph Holloway, re corded in his diary for 8 June 1904 hearing him at a private home: Then Mr J. Joyce, a strangely aloof, silent youth, with weird, penetrating eyes, which he frequently shaded with his hand and with a half-bashful, far-away expression on his face, sang some dainty old world ballads most artistically and pleasingly Later he sat in a corner and gazed at us all in turn in an uncomfortable way from under his brows and said little or nothing all the evening.
Roberts cli maxed three years of disgraceful treatment by writing to Joyce that his solicitors had recommended that he proceed against Joyce 'in order to recover all costs, charges and expenses for time, labour and materials expended on the book'. He magnanimously assured Joyce that he would 'be extremely sorry to have to take proceedings against you', but 'I must ask you to make a substantial offer towards cover ing our loss' (LII314). He would have been better off not asking. Instead of sending money, Joyce paid him back by making Roberts the narrator of a satirical broadside, 'Gas from a Burner', which he wrote on his way home to Trieste, where he had it printed and then sent to Dublin for his brother Charles to distribute.