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Giu 16, 2012, 2:29am

James Joyce's Ulysses dramatised by Robin Brooks. Introduced by Mark Lawson.

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Giu 16, 2012, 2:36am

Giu 16, 2012, 5:58am

'In Our Time' on Thursday was good, although I only caught the compressed version in the evening. I'm not really one for the classics, but the programme almost made me want to go and get hold of a copy.

Giu 16, 2012, 8:55am

Today is “Bloomsday,” the day when literature lovers around the world gather in bookstores and Irish pubs and other fitting places to celebrate James Joyce’s masterpiece of high modernism, Ulysses.

June 16, 1904 was the day Joyce first went out for a walk with his future wife, Nora Barnacle–a fateful day in his life, which he decided to commemorate in his great novel, first published in Paris in 1922. All the events in the book–more than 700 densely written pages of experimental prose rich in allusions and structured around Homer’s Odyssey–take place on that single day in 1904. Just as William Blake could hold eternity in an hour, Joyce could frame an epic in a day.

Below, the British actor and writer Stephen Fry speaks briefly about his love of Joyce’s book. Below is Ian Graham’s 2000 documentary, James Joyce: The Trials of Ulysses, which provides some fascinating background and commentary on the novel.