Ulysses at 100


Is there a novel more revered—and more famously unread—than James Joyce’s Ulysses? Despite its complexities, this love letter to Dublin, published a century ago, is a very readable chronicle of everyday life and everyday struggles. It’s a book about marriage, sex, religion, food, art, loneliness, companionship, and so much else. It’s a book, that is, about life. We hope that the following essays will send you on a quest to discover, or rediscover, this most staggering of epics.

It Happened One Day in June

by Robert J. Seidman

Why Ulysses is as vital as ever—compelling, complex, and direct

The Believer

by Keri Walsh

When nobody would touch Joyce’s manuscript, Sylvia Beach stepped in

Ter Conatus

by Donal Ryan

Reading Joyce in a minor key

For the Joy of Joyce

by Amit Chaudhuri

Abandon the notion of high-minded seriousness and simply enter into the novel’s flow

Know Me Come Eat With Me

By Flicka Small

In the world of Ulysses, food turns out to be everything

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Our Editors include Sudip Bose, Bruce Falconer, Stephanie Bastek, Jayne Ross, and Ellie Eberlee.


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