James Joyce: Then and Now

 First Edition of Ulysses by James Joyce. Published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922

The beginning of Ulysses as it appeared on Twitter June, 16, 2011. In honor of Bloomsday, the novel is being tweeted in 140 character increments @11ysses

This is not the first time the paths of Twitter and Ulysses crossed. In 2007, before Twitter was a household name, the folks at Booktwo.org tweeted the entire novel. It took 257 days! See more at our piece from Dec. ’07, The Twitter Edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Leopold Bloom

The portrait of Leopold Bloom above is from Ulysses “Seen”. A new adaptation of the novel  in comic book form by Robert Barry as a free app for the iPad.

And while we are dealing with adaptions of Joyce’s work. It is hard to pass up some of the work of Australian artist Nicci Haynes:

Finnegans Wake Condensed to an A2 Print, 2009

226631 Wakewords. Content of Finnegan’s Wake shredded and affixed to a plywood slab with slivers of text extending to the floor.
Finnegan’s Wake Arranged for the Twenty-Note Paper-Strip Musical Movement, 2009. A translation of James Joyce reading from Finnegans Wake – into pianola roll style holes corresponding to musical notes.

Oh, by the way, in 2009 a copy of the 100 copy limited edition of Ulysses sold for £275,000 (about $440,000), which at the time was the highest price on record for a 20th century first edition.

Happy Bloomsday!

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