Monday, June 16, 2008

Bloomsday: reJoyce

Publishers' Weekly reminds us that today, June 16, is Bloomsday in Dublin, Ireland. Chases' Calendar of Events, the standard reference compendium of holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, says, "June 16, 1904. Anniversary of events in Dublin recorded in James Joyce's Ulysses, whose central character is Leopold Bloom."

The Irish Times reports,"It is traditional to dress up and go out around Dublin on Bloomsday, visiting the locations featured in the book and taking part in readings, walks and activities associated with Ulysses .
Now a week-long festival, Bloomsday 2008 got underway last Monday and ends today with a number of events taking place in the city centre and south Dublin."

The University Archives of Virginia Tech offers a collection of Bloomsday cards featuring pictures of places in Dublin connected with Joyce's book, click here.

Quote and author photo from Lucidcafe website; click here for list of e-texts of Joyce's works.

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