New in store is Ray Burke’s latest exploration of James Joyce’s relationship with Galway. Joyce County; Galway and James Joyce is a fantastic new exploration into the world of Joyce and his Galway associations.
‘My wife is from Galway city,’ James Joyce told a London literary agent in 1918 when his writings began to attract international attention after over a decade of exile and relentless struggle. From the moment he met Nora Barnacle, his wife and muse, Joyce weaved tales of her native city and county into is writings, making Galway second only to Dublin as a wellspring for his major works.
Nora is central to almost everything Joyce wrote; Galway is central to knowing Nora. Joyce himself visited Galway twice, and he wrote memorably about the city’s history in two lengthy articles for an Italian newspaper. Galway is key to Joyce’s greatest short story, The Dead, and it is the location of one of his best-known poems, She Weeps Over Rahoon. A Galwegian also haunts the second half of Ulysses, the most influential novel of the twentieth century.
Written in an accessible style for the general reader rather than the Joycean specialist, this book nonetheless contains considerable new information, such as the first detailed account of the suspicious grounding of a passenger ship in Galway Bay in 1858, an event which gripped Joyce’s imagination and features in Ulysses. It also gives fresh sights into Nora Barnacle’s influence on Joyce’s writings and his relationship with his tragic only daughter, Lucia, ‘a granddaughter of Galway.’
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