My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

by Stanislaus Joyce, Richard Ellmann, T. S. Eliot
     
 

Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved into gaiety, wild whimsy,

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Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved into gaiety, wild whimsy, and at times sodden despair.Covering the first twenty-two years of James Joyce's life in Dublin and Trieste, My Brother's Keeper is a window onto the drama that was his youth. Thanks to Stanislaus's superb memory and sure hand, here we find the Dublin of Dubliners: the streets, neighbors, churches, and unforgettable eccentrics. Here we see the model for Ulysses' Simon Dedalus: James' father, a dour and violent figure when in his cups. Here are the Joyces in their own home, and the minor characters that pepper A Portrait of the Artist: Eileen, Leopold Bloom's comely daughter; Mrs. Riordan, the surly teacher; Mr. Casey, the political agitator. And finally, here is Trieste, a place of exile for Stanislaus but a retreat for James. Stanislaus Joyce has fashioned both an invaluable primary source for his brother's opaque masterpieces and a loving memoir of his brother's early life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306812101
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/24/2003
Edition description:
First Da Capo Press Paperback Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Stanislaus Joyce (18841955), the brother of James Joyce, was a professor of literature in Trieste. His wife, Nelly Joyce, published My Brother's Keeper after his death.

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