Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge

For literature enthusiasts and first-time readers alike, Ulysses can be every bit as daunting as it is thrilling. If you’ve always wanted to read James Joyce’s masterpiece, or are eager for any excuse to revisit it, we’re kicking off Ulysses Every Day, a daily challenge to inspire you to finish it by Bloomsday on June 16.

Starting on April 15, 2020, we’ll post a short video of someone from the Rosenbach community reading aloud a major passage from the novel. Videos will be posted on this page and our YouTube channel at 12:00 p.m. est every day leading up to Bloomsday on June 16.

Join the Ulysses Every Day Facebook group for daily alerts and to discuss the book with your fellow readers, the Rosenstaff, and special guests who will join us along the way. Be sure to share your progress on social media with #UlyssesEveryDay.


Videos are published at 12:00 p.m. EST on their scheduled day.

Ulysses Every Day: Day 42 | May 26, 2020
Chapter 15 (Circe), lines 230-353, read by Ted Howell
Ted Howell, Rosenbach Joyce Course Instructor, and Professor, Rowan University, reads from Chapter 15 (Circe), lines 230-353. Pages 357-360 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 41 | May 25, 2020
Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 1465-1488, read by Steven Newman
Steven Newman, Associate Professor, English Department at Temple University, reads from Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 1465-1488. Pages 346-347 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge: Day 40 | May 24, 2020
Charles McMahon, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Lantern Theater Company, reads Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 1010-1109. Pages 336-338 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 39
Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 738-844, read by Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace, novelist and musiciam, reads Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 738-844. Pages 330-333 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge: Day 38 | May 22, 2020
Edward G. Pettit, Sunstein Manager of Public Programs at The Rosenbach, reads Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 167-276. Pages 317-320 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 37
Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 1106, read by Rebecca Romney
Rebecca Romney, Rare Book Dealer and Co-Founder of Type Punch Matrix, reads Chapter 14 (Oxen of the Sun), lines 1-106. Pages 314-316 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 36
Ch. 13 (Nausicaa), lines 1211-1306, read by Joseph Lennon
Joseph Lennon, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, Villanova University, reads from Chapter 13 (Nausicaa), lines 1211-1306. Pages 311-313 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 35
Ch. 13 (Nausicaa), lines 754-850, read by Nathalie Anderson
Nathalie Anderson, Poet and Director, Creative Writing Program, Swarthmore College, reads from Chapter 13 (Nausicaa), lines 754-850. Pages 301-303 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 34
Ch. 13 (Nausicaa), lines 624-753, read by Jim Cotter
Jim Cotter, Host and Managing Editor, WHYY’s Articulate, reads from Chapter 13 (Nausicaa), lines 624-753. Pages 298-301 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 33
Ch. 13 (Nausicaa), lines 505-623, read by Paul Guerin
Paul Guerin, actor, reads from Chapter 13 (Nausicaa), lines 505-623. Pages 295-297 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 32
Ch. 13 (Nausicaa), lines 1-122, read by Emilie Parker
Emilie Parker, Hirsig Family Director of Education at The Rosenbach, reads from Chapter 13 (Nausicaa), lines 1-122. Pages 284-286 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 31
Ch. 12 (Cyclops), lines 1814-1918, read by Elizabeth E. Fuller
Elizabeth E. Fuller, Librarian at the Rosenbach, reads from Chapter 12 (Cyclops), lines 1814-1918. Pages 280-283 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 30
Ch. 12 (Cyclops), lines 1393-1501, read by M. Thomas Gammarino
M. Thomas Gammarino, novelist, reads from Chapter 12 (Cyclops), lines 1393-1501. Pages 271-273 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 29
Ch. 12 (Cyclops), lines 679-747, read by Paul Muldoon
Paul Muldoon, poet, reads from Chapter 12 (Cyclops), lines 679-747. Pages 255-257 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 28
Ch. 12 (Cyclops), lines 410-524, read by Robert Berry
Robert Berry, Rosenbach Ulysses Course Instructor and Ulysses “Seen” Artist, reads from Chapter 12 (Cyclops), lines 410-524. Pages 249-251 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 27
Ch. 12 (Cyclops), lines 118-208, read by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, reads from Chapter 12 (Cyclops), lines 118-208. Pages 242-244 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 26
Ch. 11 (Sirens), lines 1151-1294, read by Grover Silcox
Grover Silcox, Feature Reporter and Producer for WLVT PBS39, reads the ending of Chapter 11 (Sirens), lines 1151-1294. Pages 236-239 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 25
Ch. 11 (Sirens), lines 337-432, read by Emma Eisenberg
Emma Eisenberg, author, reads Chapter 11 (Sirens), lines 337-432. Pages 217-219 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 24
Ch. 11 (Sirens), lines 185-285, read by Alessandra Occhiolini
Alessandra Occhiolini, PhD student in modernist literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center, reads from Chapter 11 (Sirens), lines 185-285. Pages 214-216 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 23
Ch. 11 (Sirens), lines 64-184, read by Damon Bonetti
Damon Bonetti, actor and Co-Founding Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, reads from Chapter 11 (Sirens), lines 64-184. Pages 211-214 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 22 | May 6, 2020
Ch. 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 1176-1282, read by Christopher Lindsay
Christopher Lindsay, Member of The Rosenbach’s Delancey Society, reads from Chapter 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 1176-1282. Pages 207-209 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 21 | May 5, 2020
Ch. 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 585-641 and 800-848, read by Kevin Quinn
Kevin Quinn, friend of The Rosenbach, reads from Chapter 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 585-641 and 800-848. Pages 193-194, 198-200 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 20 
Ch. 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 1-121, read by Fran Wilde
Author Fran Wilde reads Chapter 10 (Wandering Rocks), lines 1-121. Pages 180-182 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 19
Ch. 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 983-1097, read by Dan Hodge
Dan Hodge, actor and Co-Founding Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, reads from Chapter 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 983-1097. Pages 174-176 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 18
Ch. 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 141-229, read by Jared Reed
Jared Reed, actor and Producing Artistic Director at the Hedgerow Theatre Company, reads from Chapter 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 141-229. Pages 154-156 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day Reading Challenge: Day 17
Chapter 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 1-102, read by Megan Quigley
Megan Quigley, Visiting Faculty Fellow, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and Associate Professor of English, Villanova University, reads Chapter 9 (Scylla and Charybdis), lines 1-102. Pages 151-153 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 16
Chapter 8 (Lestrygonians), lines 854-936, read by Sadhbe Walshe
Sadhbe Walshe, Journalist and Playwright, reads Chapter 8 (Lestrygonians), lines 854-936. Pages 143-145 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 15
Chapter 8 (Lestrygonians), lines 1-122, read by Vince Kling
Vince Kling, Translator and Professor at La Salle University, reads the opening of Chapter 8 (Lestrygonians), lines 1-122. Pages 124-126 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 14
Chapter 7 (Aeolus), lines 20-60 and 429-528, read by Edward G. Pettit
Edward G. Pettit, Manager of Public Programs at The Rosenbach reads sections of Chapter 7 (Aeolus) lines 20-60 and 429-528 (pp 96-76 and 106-109 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses. 


Ulysses Every Day: Day 13
Chapter 6 (Hades), lines 839-1033, read by Kishia Nixon
Kishia Nixon reads the final pages of Chapter 6 (Hades), lines 839-1033. Pages 91-95 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 12 
Chapter 6 (Hades), lines 1-156, read by Andrew White
Andrew White, Volunteer Coordinator at The Rosenbach, reads Chapter 6 (Hades), lines 1-156. Pages 72-74 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 11 
Chapter 5 (Lotus Eaters), lines 1-142, read by Robert Berry
Robert Berry, Artist and Creator of Ulysses “Seen,” reads the opening of Chapter 5 (Lotus Eaters), lines 1-142. Pages 58-61 in the Gabler edition.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 10
Ch. 4 (Calypso), lines 243-381, read by Mark Moore
Friend of The Rosenbach Mark Moore reads Chapter 4 (Calypso), lines 243-381. Pages 50-53 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 9 
Chapter 4 (Calypso), lines 1-125, read by Gregory Frost
Author Gregory Frost reads Chapter 4 (Calypso), lines 1-125. Pages 45-47 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 8
Ch. 3 (Proteus), lines 434-505, read by Jennifer Summerfield

Jennifer Summerfield and Lady Brack the cat read Chapter 3 (Proteus), lines 434-505. Pages 41-42 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses. Filmed by Kyle Cassidy.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 7
Chapter 3 (Proteus), lines 265-364, read by Fergus Carey
Fergus Carey, Publican of Fergie’s Pub, reads Chapter 3 (Proteus), lines 265-364. Pages 37-39 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 6
Ch. 3 (Proteus), lines 1-57, read by Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace, author and musician, reads Chapter 3 (Proteus), lines 1-57. Pages 31-32 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses. Filmed by Tilda Stace.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 5 | April 19, 2020
Chapter 2 (Nestor), lines 289-449, read by Ted Howell
Ted Howell, Rosenbach Joyce course instructor and professor at Rowan University, reads Chapter 2 (Nestor), lines 289-449. Pages 26-30 in the Gabler edition.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 4 | April 18, 2020
Ch. 2 (Nestor), lines 1-183, read by Robert Berry 

Robert Berry, artist and creator of Ulysses “Seen,” reads Chapter 2 (Nestor), lines 1-183. Pages 20-24 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses. Read at St. Stephen’s Green Pub in Philadelphia.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 3 | April 17, 2020
Ch. 1 (Telemachus), lines 479-614, read by Ernest Hilbert
Ernest Hilbert, poet and rare book seller, reads Chapter 1 (Telemachus), lines 479-614. Pages 14-16 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 2 | April 16, 2020
Ch. 1 (Telemachus), lines 313-493, read by Paul Saint-Amour

Paul Saint Amour, English Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, reads Chapter 1 (Telemachus), lines 313-493. Pages 10-13 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.


Ulysses Every Day: Day 1 | April 15, 2020
Ch. 1 (Telemachus), lines 1-122, read by Michael J. Barsanti
Michael J. Barsanti, the Edwin Wolf Director of The Library Company of Philadelphia, reads Chapter 1 (Telemachus), lines 1-122 – in his yellow dressing gown! Pages 3-5 in the Gabler edition of Ulysses.