James Joyce's Ulysses
James Joyce (1882-1941) has been called the greatest 20th-century novelist writing in English. Ulysses is his masterpiece. The manuscript of Ulysses is among the premier treasures of the Rosenbach. Dr. Rosenbach owned a ﬁrst edition of the novel – the banned book had been smuggled into the country for him in 1922. He purchased the manuscript at the auction of lawyer John Quinn’s collection in 1924. (Quinn had defended Joyce and his publishers against obscenity charges under the Comstock laws in 1920.) Selections from the manuscript are always on display. View a complete guide to the works by and about James Joyce in the Rosenbach collection here.
The Rosenbach celebrates the Joycean tradition annually on Bloomsday, June 16. Bloomsday, the only international holiday in recognition of a work of art, brings scholars, devotees, and the general public together on Delancey Place for a day of dramatic readings from the novel. The Rosenbach also produces a special exhibition related to Joyce and Ulysses, drawing from its substantial collection of modern literary materials.
James Joyce on nationalism, from Episode 12
p. 44 in the manuscript or p. 272 in the Gabler edition
from the Project Gutenberg edition online:
—What is it? says John Wyse.
—A nation? says Bloom. A nation is the same people living in the same place.
—By God, then, says Ned, laughing, if that’s so I’m a nation for I’m living in the same place for the past five years.
So of course everyone had the laugh at Bloom and says he, trying to muck out of it:
—Or also living in different places.
—That covers my case, says Joe.
—What is your nation if I may ask? says the citizen.
—Ireland, says Bloom. I was born here. Ireland.
Photograph of 7 Eccles Street
Two Worlds Monthly
Ulysses: autograph manuscript, “Circe” episode
Woolsey Decision in U.S. vs. One Book Called Ulysses
Meet The Winners of the 2021 Bloomsday Artwork Contest
This blog post was written by Andrew White That the winners of an art contest devoted to James Joyce’s Ulysses should incorporate text and collage is fitting—considering the earthiness of Joyce’s imagery and the centrality of collage to modernism in general. 2021 is the second year the Rosenbach has held a Joyce-inspired art contest as …
“We Simply Must Dress the Part”: A Bloomsday T-shirt Gallery
In addition to the great pleasures of hearing and talking about Ulysses, a Rosenbach Bloomsday brings smaller pleasures, one of which is people-watching. Government officials and philanthropists, actors and academics, artists and students, dogs and babies mingle in the crowd. Some (well, not so many of the dogs or babies) bring their own well-worn books …
The Doc Ate my Homework? An Eye Patch, a Brace, and Gratitude
Dear Friends, I hope you are all well this week. As many of us work at home during this time of quarantine, we adjust for better or worse to alternative behaviors and settings than those we have at our workplaces. I will share that I am writing to you from an otherwise lovely space, the …
Dr. Rosenbach, the First Edition of Ulysses, Smuggling and Censorship in the United States … and More Rhymes
Hello again, friends. Judy Guston here with more info about The Rosenbach’s great Ulysses collections. I would be terribly remiss if I didn’t direct your attention to our handy Joyce Collections Guide, which you can find on our website here. Once our research library is open again, I hope you’ll feel welcome to make an appointment …
A Look At The Ulysses Manuscript
Hi there, Joyceans! This is Judy Guston, Curator and Director of Collections at the Rosenbach starting a new addition to Ulysses Every Day! This Bloomsday will be my 22nd at the Rosenbach! This year, from now through our virtual Bloomsday, my Collections teammates and I will be sharing with you some illustrated stories about the …
Happy Birthday, James Joyce … and Ulysses!
This post was originally published at the Free Library of Philadelphia blog. Nearly 100 years ago today, on February 2, 1922, bookstore-maven-cum-publisher Sylvia Beach stood anxiously waiting on the platform at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris for the arrival of some very precious cargo on its way from Dijon: two copies of …
Making a Verbal Monster: Cyclops in Virgil’s Aeneid 3 and Joyce’s Ulysses
For this year’s Bloomsday and the rest of this summer, the Rosenbach’s partner desk display in the historic library is filled with objects that show classic literary influences on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Starting with his introduction (at age 10) to Homer’s Odyssey through Charles Lamb’s school edition, we see that the characters and language of …
2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest Graduate Student Winner: “‘Greeker than the Greeks'”
The first annual Bloomsday Essay Contest invited graduate and undergraduate students in the tri-state area to submit their best essays on Ulysses or another Joyce text. The winners were announced during the Bloomsday celebration on June 16, 2017. The 2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest award for an outstanding paper written by a graduate student was presented …
2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest Undergraduate Student Winner: “Consumption of the Intimate”
The first annual Bloomsday Essay Contest invited graduate and undergraduate students in the tri-state area to submit their best essays on Ulysses or another Joyce text. The winners were announced during the Bloomsday celebration on June 16, 2017. The 2017 award for an outstanding paper written by an undergraduate student was presented to Katie Paulson …
Everything you need to know about Bloomsday
What is Bloomsday? June 16 is the day the world celebrates James Joyce and his literary masterpiece, Ulysses. The celebration is called “Bloomsday” after one of the main characters, Leopold Bloom. As the residence of the complete manuscript of Ulysses, the Rosenbach has celebrated Bloomsday for more than 20 years. The main event features readings from Ulysses, …