Simply Joyce from Joyce-expert Margot Norris gives readers a full sense of the life and accomplishments of literary titan James Joyce. Her book describes Joyce’s life and provides literary analysis and criticism of his major works: Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegan’s Wake. Joyce was an Irish writer who left the British Kingdoms for the European Continent.
Joyce is considered one of the most important writers of recent times, with his novels ranked high on the list of the best novels written all over the world. Joyce (1882-1941) wrote experimental novels that defied grammatical, literary, and moral conventions, and have since been championed by those who seek more freedom in the depictions of the written word. His landmark novel Ulysses is required reading for many and also served as a aphrodisiac. He also wrote one of the first successful novels about the sense of place in Dubliners. Ulysses was controversial, and there were court cases necessary to allow it to be published. Finnegan’s Wake is a challenging and experimental novel. Norris gives the reader a good sense of the context and situation in which these novels were written. Joyce leaves a literary legacy but, as shown here, also an academic legacy, with many seeking to explain and champion his literary work. One can do right by starting here.