James joyce : a biography

James joyce a biography Gordon Bowker s biography of novelist James Joyce draws on recently discovered material to get beyond the exterior life of the man and explore the inner landscape of a writer who continues to influenc

  • Title: James joyce : a biography
  • Author: Gordon Bowker
  • ISBN: 9780753828601
  • Page: 238
  • Format: None
  • Gordon Bowker s biography of novelist James Joyce draws on recently discovered material to get beyond the exterior life of the man and explore the inner landscape of a writer who continues to influence and fascinate well over a century after his birth.
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    • Kim says:

      I remain drawn to literary biographies even though I tell myself that I don't need to know anything about a writer's personal life in order to appreciate their work. Sometimes reading a biography makes me like its subject even more than I did before: Jay Parini's biography of John Steinbeckhad that effect on me, as did Gordon Bowker's biography of George Orwell . At other times, a biography leads me to conclude that, as much as I appreciate their work, I wouldn't have liked the author. I felt th [...]

    • Bettie☯ says:

      bbc/programmes/b011tz8hDescription: "Living In Ireland had lost all meaning for Joyce; and the lure of 'exile' began to possess him. But if he was to elope with Nora he would need to secure an income, and would Nora go with him? Fortunately, she was as captivated by him as he was by her"Our five part reading of this voluminous account looks at Joyce's years spent in Europe, when he held down menial jobs, caroused a lot, experienced the ups and downs of married life, but still managed to produce [...]

    • Carl Rollyson says:

      James Joyce called biographers "biografiends." And yet his work is so autobiographical, and he was so meticulous about documenting the real world of Ireland, that he might as well have set up a business licensing biographers. Wary of the curse Joyce had cast upon biographers, Richard Ellmann, the colossus of Joyce biography, proceeded with caution when approaching Joyce's friends and contemporaries, assuring them that his interest arose from a desire to show how Joyce's life gave birth to such g [...]

    • Nick Sweeney says:

      Gordon Bowker’s biography of James Joyce is not Richard Ellman’s, I was glad to see. The style and content of this biography shows a man more like the one portrayed in Carol Schloss’ Lucia and Brenda Maddox’s Nora. All Joyce’s vanity, arrogance, disingenuity and self-indulgent foolishness is firmly to the fore. I was also happy to see this; we know Joyce was a (kind of) genius, so we need a bit more if we are to remain interested in him.The Ellman biography, published in 1959, was for [...]

    • ماهر Battuti says:

      I have to interrupt my current readings to read this book that has been just published. Another biography of Joyce is a proof enough that serious works of art are still alive. Will evaluate after reading it.Just finished reading the book, and it is worth it. The author introduces new features of Joyce's life in a professional way of a master in the art of Biography. The language is elegant and the book is well documented.

    • Francis J. says:

      Why do I keep reading these literary biographies.His grandmother was named Margaret Flynn, just like me.Coincidence, probably. It does appear that we are related to the same Flynn's in Ireland. What does this mean? That I, too, may make no money on my writing during my lifetime.

    • Vivian Valvano says:

      Bowker had so much material at his disposal, more than any Joyce biographer to date. I don't think he uses his sources well, or even adequately, and his practice for source acknowledgments and citations is sorely deficient. He needs serious lessons in clear and complete acknowlegment of sources, both in terms of text and in terms of photographs and illustrations included in his book. I am disappointed in Farrar, Straus and Giroux for allowing the book to be published as is. Quite apart from that [...]

    • Liam Guilar says:

      If you want to know where Joyce was living on any given day, this is your book. For anything else, read Ellmann.Part of the problem for his biographer is that Joyce didn't do a great deal except write several books and a lot of unattractive letters. Bowker never gets beyond the details. But for anyone interested in Joyce's life and his writing, I'd suggest they read Ellmann's biography of Joyce which is everything this book isn'td Brenda Maddox's "Nora" which fills in the bits Ellmann left out. [...]

    • Laura says:

      From BBc Radio 4 Extra:Gordon Bowker's account of the Irish writer's years spent in exile. Read by Jim Norton, with Andrew Scott as Joyce.

    • John says:

      BTW this book is availablepicked it up in a Barnes and Noble Just started.ting new insights , for me anyway , into Joyce and his life and times

    • Ed says:

      The Barnes and Noble e-book of this title for the Nook reader. This isn't a literary biography although it is, obviously, a biography of a literary giant. Bowker doesn't do the extended literary analysis and plot summaries of the genre although he does find plenty of autobiographical references in Joyce's fiction. Borwick sometimes a bit too sure, almost glib in drawing a direct parallel from a house in which the young Joyce lived or an encounter with a relative or friend and an episode or image [...]

    • HaameD says:

      I had to use an biographical approach for Stephen in the Portrait and this book was of tremendous help to me. The depth of the detail and the fact that the author is quick to give references and mention the parallels between the authors life and the reflection of himself in his characterizations is just awesome. While you will see numerous references to Ellmann's work, Bowker nevertheless has some new insights to offer. I've been told that his work is of quality and I would be lying if I said I' [...]

    • Carol says:

      This book is no Ellman, but it was written in a straightforward, chronological manner that I liked. I also liked how the author tied events in Joyce's life to his writings. No doubt Joyceans may have a problem with some liberties that might be taken in that regard, but as an a mere enthusiastic reader it was an enjoyable and enlightening read. I would have liked to hear a bit less on the daily updates to Joyce's bank account and borrowings, but it is clear that money played a large role in Joyce [...]

    • Jason Fritz says:

      Bowker does a fine job describing Joyce's life - his mental state, living conditions, interlocutors - that inspired his work. Bowker also does an admirable job connecting the characters in Joyce's life to the characters they inspired (for better or worse) in Joyce's fiction. If I have one major complaint is that the author does a poor job in managing the sheer influx of people into Joyce's world, making it difficult to remain up to date on who is who. A simple table would have aided in this. Oth [...]

    • Sean de la Rosa says:

      I tried to read Ulysses but found it totally inaccessible. I thought reading his biography would give me insights into the author and his cryptic work. Surprisingly the biography confirmed that he wrote his books in such a way that a "key" was required to understand them and that his works were widely considered a frustrating read at the best of times. His life for me was reminiscent of Proust. It truly was a life lived at the extremes.

    • Chuck Lowry says:

      If you are interested in who the model was for every drunken carouser or feckless layabout in Joyce's fiction his is the book for you. I am not, however, a professional reader. I merely want a literary biography to make me want to read the author again. The constant financial struggle and vision struggle are interesting stories, but they certainly do not make me want to read or reread more Joyce. One did, though, feel very sympathetic to Nora and Lucia by the end of the book.

    • Pat says:

      I must confess that I abandoned this book 1/2 through, not because I didn't like it, but because it is so heavy I have to take a break. In fact, I love the book but it is a library book and has to be returned tomorrow. I can't renew it because of the requests for it. I will request it again in a couple of months after some lighter reading.

    • Zachary Martin says:

      I think the information is fine, but found some sections to be glossed over with subjective judgements that I am not really sure are necessary. I think Bowker's book on Lowery is a very good biography on a writer who neede one, this one not so much. That said I did enjoy reading it and would recommend.

    • Dr. Andrew Higgins says:

      Brilliant very well written bio of Joyce - a must for all lovers of his works. Especially enjoyed Bowker's analysis of Ulysses and Finnigan's Wake which I am planning to re-explore sometime before I leave this realm!!!

    • Josh says:

      Pretty definitive (certainly ridiculuosly extensive). Some really interesting insights, but overall just a bit too dry and fully of unnecessary details (about his budget, his housing, etc) to really enjoy. Glad I read it. Wouldn't recommend unless you're a major Joyce lover.

    • Thomas Walsh says:

      I especially like the part on Pound. He was more generous and more of a friend than I ever imagined. The book's style was fresh and not too bogged down with scholarly "show off" which made it more accessible, to me.

    • Diarmid Sullivan says:

      Marred by errors; a comparative lack of style and a tendency to ground all of Joyce's life in Finnegan's Wake render the Ellmann Biography superior: consequently, Ellmann's remains the definitive choice for a biography of Joyce for student and interested party alike.

    • Olivia says:

      Not as comprehensive as Ellman's, though more approachable; gets just as dry somewhere after the middle. Relies heavily on 2 biographies of Lucia's regarding her illness. Presented some new information there, though perhaps that comes from the biography of Lucia that I haven't read.

    • Nick Black says:

      happy bloomsday 2012! (a few days late)

    • Uwe Hook says:

      It was tedious and boring. If you want where Joyce was on any given day, buy the book. If you want to understand him better, look somewhere else.

    • David Melbie says:

      The best biography on Joyce -- ever! I have read a few, but this one was the most fun.

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