26 January 2022, The Tablet

James Joyce’s noisy masterpiece

James Joyce’s noisy masterpiece

James Joyce, right, in 1920 with Sylvia Beach, first to publish Ulysses in its entirety, outside her Paris bookshop, Shakespeare & Co.
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On 2 February 1922, the first printed copy of Ulysses was delivered to James Joyce in his Paris apartment by his publisher, Sylvia Beach. But where did the author find inspiration for this ‘glorious book of howling disorder’?

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