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Articles - February - 2022 Issue

Happy 100th Birthday, Ulysses! 1922-2022


James Joyce’s Sinful Lovers in Ulysses: Blazes Boylan & Molly Bloom. (Saul Field, Bloomsday, 1972)

Join us on February 2nd as Rare Book Hub and the international book community celebrate the joyful centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published in 1922 by a brave American woman in Paris. Guest Writer, Maureen E. Mulvihill, discusses the book’s continuing success, and what its legacy suggests about today’s readers, writers, publishers, book valuations & tastes. She also highlights special events & new editions timed to this landmark date on the literary calendar. 


Posted On: 2022-02-01 15:15
User Name: mairin

Posting for Peter Harrington, London. 1st February 2022.
Thank you for sharing this engaging, nicely designed piece with us; and we were pleased to make a contribution to its rich content. It is written with vigour and colour, befitting the subject himself; and it is wonderful to see useful attention to the many centenary events. Thank you for this, Dr Mulvihill and Rare Book Hub.
- RC, Public Relations, Peter Harrington, London.

Posted On: 2022-02-01 15:40
User Name: mairin

Posting for S. O'Sullivan, Boston.
Nice going, Mulvihill, impressive piece. I teach Joyce now & again, learned many new things from your essay, shall use it & share it as I go. Come visit, am soon moving to Cambridge. Slainte!

Posted On: 2022-02-01 15:56
User Name: mairin

Posting for Daniel R. Harris (Brooklyn / Sarasota, FL.), the best reader of my work;
February 1, 2022.
OK, it all came through on my laptop & desktop. A stunning piece, should be widely used & appreciated. Maybe you, or your technical specialist at the Hub, can repost the article with ALL links working (?); if not, viewers have the courtesy of your URLs right there in your text. Sometimes hyperlinks, also live URLs, don't carry over too well from one operating system to another, and your essay was constructed, as I recall, on at least two, and then uploaded by yet another. (Just sayin'.) Congratulations, pass the Jameson, DRH.

Posted On: 2022-02-01 16:11
User Name: mairin

Posting for Caitlin Lynch, Brooklyn (former neighbor)
Thanks for sending along that link, MEM, another excellent article here. And I now must know more about Adrienne Monnier, whom you mention. She and her partner, Sylvia Beach, evidently shaped the literary landscape of Paris during their best years. And Monnier undertook a French translation of "Ulysses", as you say, based (I gather) on Beach's 'final' text. And glad to know about the new Hans Gabler edition, with new intro. That intro., you might have added, ran in the NYRB a few issues back. All good news!
Keep writing, please come back to Brooklyn, you are missed dearly. Love, CL and the tribe.

Posted On: 2022-02-02 11:38
User Name: sarahfunke

Another lovely tribute to a literary master, thank you for including us, Maureen! We are honored to be in such great company. So nice to see material from your own collection, too! I always look forward to your lively, elegant, and compellingly documented pieces. ~Sarah Butler for Thornwillow Press.

Posted On: 2022-02-02 15:58
User Name: svafinebooks

I have book orders to process and other books to catalog and packages to take to the post office, but dang if fine writing about books and booksellers, book publishers and bookstores doesn't make me want to take the day off. Thank you, Dr. Mulvihill, for this lovely piece of writing. I know very little about Joyce, a bit about Sylvia Beach, a bit more about Ireland, and now wish to read and collect much, much more. I particularly appreciate the nod to Caitlin O’Keefe, “The Secret Feminist History of Shakespeare and Company,” which I'm going to go and read now. Lawrence J. Hammar, Ph.D., Structure, Verses, Agency Books, of Spray, Oregon.

Posted On: 2022-02-03 02:06
User Name: alice185

Thanks for a fine article, with beautifully chosen illustrations. Excellent and moving centennial celebration. Alice Browne.

Posted On: 2022-02-03 03:08
User Name: mairin

Posting for C J Scheiner Books, Brooklyn.
Feb. 2, 2022: Happy "Ulysses" Centenary Day, everyone.
A strong and lovely presentation. It is so comprehensive and closely documented that I've
saved it to my hard drive for further reference. I will also share the essay with certain
associates. Thank you, MEM, and Rare Book Hub: The essay is both a tribute to
Joyce's book and a gift to us.
- C.J. Scheiner, M.D., PhD.
C J Scheiner Books, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Posted On: 2022-02-04 04:09
User Name: mairin

Posting for Natalie Zemon Davis, Lea Professor of History emerita, Princeton University; University of Toronto, emerita; 2010 Holberg International Memorial Prize; Advisory Board, Princeton Research Forum, NJ.

Hello, Maureen: Hats off to you! Rousing cheers for your comprehensive treatment of Joyce & his famous novel. I admired your scholarly positioning of the material, both in your Joycean Gallery and introduction. You produced a gorgeous, informative piece for the publication centenary of Joyce’s "Ulysses"; and it is a delight to see your image selections and to imagine the pleasure your own collection of rare and special books must bring you. "Ulysses" came into my life when I was a girl starting grade school in Detroit, also your first city (how I enjoy that connection of ours!). My father bought the 1934 Random House "Ulysses", the first edition published in America. I remember the book so well, its off-white cover and mysterious title; and I often took it off the shelf in our library and asked my father about it. He said it wasn’t for me. I read "A Portrait of an Artist" and "Ulysses" only much later, after graduation from Kingswood, Cranbrook, and then Smith College. I am thinking, Maureen, of our mutual affiliation with the remarkable Princeton Research Forum community, and I can only imagine the lively discussion that could be had there on Joyce and his wondrous books. We thank you for all that you do so well, Natalie

Posted On: 2022-02-04 17:03
User Name: miamirichter

Linde M. Brocato, University of Miami -- Kudos, MEM!
A lovely timely piece, a wealth of information and understanding, very good assay of centenary events complete with links! I loved the images and the human dimension of the essay!

Posted On: 2022-02-06 18:20
User Name: eleanorshevlin

A belated Happy Birthday to Joyce, and a heartfelt thanks to Maureen for her meticulously executed, highly informative, and beautifully designed piece--consistent characteristics of all her work. Not only did I gain much from the piece, but I shared the link with a graduate student whose thesis is on Ulysses and colleagues who work on Joyce--and all were highly appreciative. Thank you, thank you, Maureen--for this and all your contributions to scholarship, especially Irish literary contributions--from Early Modern through Joyce.

Posted On: 2022-02-06 20:07
User Name: beverlys

Dr. Mulvihill’s informative appreciation of Joyce’s Ulysses is a work of art itself. Here, she successfully teaches as well as delights readers with the complexity and curiosity that is Ulysses. The visual elements are particularly appealing in telling the story of the reception of the novel. Thank you!!

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