James Joyce – Friends, Enemies & Influences

Written and illustrated for Festival Bloomsday Montréal and published in 2022 to commemorate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses (1922), the great modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. With over seventy caricatures of Joyce and his immediate circle, the book also includes artists and intellectuals up to the present day. Each illustration is accompanied by a short explanatory text.

Ulysses documents the peripatetic wanderings of Leopold Bloom through Dublin on 16 June 1904 (the very day James Joyce first dated his future lover and wife, Nora Barnacle) and Bloom’s encounters and relationships with his fellow citizens and family, most notably his wife Molly, and the much younger Stephen Dedalus, the hero of Joyce’s earlier novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).

From the Foreword by Festival Bloomsday Montréal President Kevin Wright: ‘Craig Morriss … treats the relationship between Joyce and his contemporaries in this volume with his usual touch of irony and wit … This collection will allow readers an insight into the relationship between Joyce and celebrities such as Sylvia Beach, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung (portrayed as Tweedledum and Tweedledee). According to Oscar Wilde, “A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” How careful a man was James Joyce?’

All illustrations have been executed in pencil and ink using traditional dip pens, with some marker and watercolour.

21.5 X 30.5 X 2 cm (approx). Weight: 1.5 kg.

This title will soon be available to purchase through the website.

It is currently held by all six of the UK’s Legal Deposit Libraries: The British Library; The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; Cambridge University Library; National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh; The Library of Trinity College, Dublin; The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.