James Joyce, literary genius and author of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses among many others, really is the gift that just keeps on giving. Joyce scholars devote their entire lives to studying his often dense texts, deciphering his indecipherable handwriting and learning still more about his life and work.
Bloomsday, the annual celebration of Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, sees the city of Dublin awash with people in costume, guided tours, talks and events to mark the anniversary of the day over which the entirety of ‘Ulysses’ is set, but as always, it’s yielded some pretty hilarious situations and observations, recounted by the good people of Twitter.com. Take a look at some of the best:
Joyce delighting living literary legends such as Lauren Groff…
GUYS, the hotel’s clerk was named Ulysses, so I told him in great detail about Bloomsday, then he upgraded me to a suite and this is the view. You cannot tell me this is not the work of the Blessed Saint James Joyce, let us all light a candle in his name. pic.twitter.com/bUsYCMSRV5
— Lauren Groff (@legroff) June 16, 2018
His timeless descriptions…
— Iseult O’Brien (@IseultOB) June 16, 2018
The wonder of Bloomsday in Dublin…
Just met a lady dressed up for Bloomsday at the train station and commented on the great effort she’d made to dress up for Bloomsday.
She wasn’t dressed up for Bloomsday. ?
— Maïa Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) June 16, 2018
For some genuinely original content…
— Annie West (@anniewestdotcom) February 2, 2015
For those of you watching Love Island…
adam get his handjob on bloomsday like james joyce did and he doesn’t even know love island is the sequel to ulysses
— kelly ?? (@earley) June 17, 2018
Bonus Content: Joyce and his wife Nora exchanged some fairly, ahem, steamy correspondence in the days before instant messaging, which is worth checking out if you want to be genuinely a little taken aback.
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