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The Arts Council of Princeton invites you to celebrate the lyrical magic of James Joyce’s modernist masterpiece Ulysses during our first-ever Bloomsday event!
Denounced at its publication as “a heap of dung,” and burned by the U.S. Post office as an “obscene” book, today it is regarded widely as perhaps the greatest landmark in modernist literature. Join Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, Colum McCann, Jhumpa Lahiri, Esther Schor, Sean Wilentz, and friends as they share their favorite passages.
Here’s a chance to introduce yourself to a challenging and incandescent work — or to revisit an old favorite.
Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the Joyce’s observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere on 16 June, the day Ulysses takes place in 1904 and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom. The day involves a range of cultural activities, including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and other events. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume to celebrate Bloomsday, and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin via landmarks. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36 hours.
This free community program is held in collaboration with the Princeton University Humanities Council.