Synopses & Reviews
Since the publication of his masterpiece, Ulysses
, more than seventy years ago, James Joyce has stood alone in modern fiction. Bold, uncompromising, iconoclastic, the man and his voice reshaped the writer's approach to language and the dimensions of a literary creation, establishing his reputation as this century's preeminent author.
Small wonder that artists, photographers, sculptors, even cartoonists created images of Joyce, his family, and colleagues. This book is a record of their fascination and Joyce's enduring appeal as a writer and as a literary icon. Many of the images are deservedly familiar those of Man Ray, Abbott, Brancusi, Matisse, Jo Davidson, and Gisèle Freund but many others are unfamiliar, even to the most devoted Joycean. Together, these 90 images form the most comprehensive collection of Joyce iconography ever assembled in one volume.
How might Joyce have greeted the book? Perhaps in the same spirit with which he wrote to Augustus John after one sitting: "Praise from a purblind penny poet would be ridiculous but your drawing is clearly the one thing in the volume which is indissentable. I wish I could see the lines better myself." And yet Joyce too had his limits, as he finally said to one of the artists who painted him: "I was fond of pictures, but now the nails on the walls are quite enough."
The introduction to this book is by Anthony Burgess, an eloquent champion of Joyce's work who died shortly after completing this text.