James Joyce Statue, Dublin 1
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 - 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.
James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882 and by 1904, with only two more short visits to Dublin, he was a self-imposed exile in Europe variously settling in Italy, France and Switzerland.
Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), captures, hour-by-hour and is a landmark novel which perfected his stream of consciousness technique. The book captures the lives of people and the scenes on Dublin's streets over a period of just one day, June 16th, 1904.
Now every year, on the same date, droves of people, many in period costume, follow in the footsteps of the main character, Leopold Bloom, through the streets of the city and visit the pubs and hotels associated with the novel. Joyce died in 1941 and is buried in Zurich.
This life-size bronze, crafted by Marjorie Fitzgibbon, was installed in 1990 and commemorates one of the giants of 20th century literature.
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