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Rough Guide to Ireland, 12th edition

“ARGUABLY no other writer in twentieth-century literature mapped a city so effectively” as James Joyce (1882-1941) did Dublin in his 1922 novel, Ulysses, says the 12th edition of the Rough Guide to Ireland. Leopold Bloom, the book’s protagonist, spends a single day criss-crossing the Irish capital in “a stylistically brilliant parody of Homer’s Odyssey.”

That day—June 16—has become Bloomsday, when thousands of Joyce fans follow in Bloom’s footsteps through the author’s hometown. The Visit Dublin Centre on Suffolk Street has a Ulysses map for those wanting to walk independently, while various outfits offer guided tours, some with actors re-creating central passages from the book en route.

For Joyce aficionados, two other particular sites in Dublin stand out:

The James Joyce Centre (35 North Great George’s Street, www.jamesjoyce.ie) occupies a grand, 18th-century town house that was restored in the 1980s. On the ground floor is “a small shop full of Joyceiana, such as books and prints.” Upstairs is a re-creation of Joyce’s tiny room in Trieste, Italy, where he lived on and off between 1904 and 1920, containing books, pianola music rolls “and a splendid collection of hats.”

The James Joyce Tower & Museum (Sandycove Point, www.joycetower.ie) is housed in one of 16 Martello towers built 1804-06 as defense against Napoleon. Joyce stayed here for a week in 1904, and immortalized it in the opening of Ulysses. Sylvia Beach, proprietor of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris and the original publisher of Ulysses, opened the tower as a museum in 1962. On display are Joyce’s guitar, waistcoat and walking stick.

 

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