James Joyce, "Ivy Day in the Committee Room" and "The Dead"

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882–1941) became one of the greatest modernist writers of the twentieth century. He was born in Rathgar, Dublin, and educated at the Jesuit schools Clongowes Wood College and Belvedere College, and at University College, Dublin, where he studied modern languages. After a brief time as a schoolteacher in Dublin, Joyce went first to Trieste in 1904, then to Zurich, and finally to Paris in 1920, where he remained for twenty years. The war forced him to move from France to Switzerland, and he died in Zurich in December 1940. Dubliners was published in 1914, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in 1916, Ulysses in 1922, and Finnegans Wake in 1939.

"Ivy Day in the Committee Room," in Dubliners, continues the theme of betrayal that runs through a number of the stories in the collection, and contrasts the great man, Parnell, with the little men who purport to honor his memory.

 

"Ivy Day in the Committee Room".

 

"The Dead" was not part of the original draft of Dubliners, but added later as the last story in the collection. The excerpt available at the link below is the final part of the story and follows the account of a winter party given by two elderly ladies who teach singing in Dublin.

 

"The Dead," Dubliners (1914).


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