Happy Bloomsday — quotes from JAMES JOYCE on Christopher Columbus and his own immortality
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.
Bloomsday celebrates Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The story takes place takes place in Dublin on a single day: June 16th 1904 – the day on which (we believe) Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.
Ulysses follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am through to the early hours of the following morning.
The first Bloomsday celebrations were held in France in June 1929 (only a few years after it was first published…in France.)
The first Bloomsday to be celebrated in Ireland, however, had to wait to the fiftieth anniversary in 1954, but it must have been a pretty special day. The poet Patrick Kavanagh and the great Flann O’Brien visited locations like the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Davy Byrne’s pub and 7 Eccles Street, reading parts of Ulysses as they went. And probably having a drink too, as reading is very thirsty work…
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