James Joyce in Trieste

James Joyce memorial plaque in Trieste. (© Wikipedia)

The great Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941) left Ireland with his wife Nora Barnacle in 1904 and spent the following years in Trieste. This Adriatic port city is now in Italy but was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the time. Joyce’s Trieste years were fruitful, resulting in short stories, the brilliant novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the earliest pages of Ulysses, now considered one of the most important works of literature of the 20th century. Fellow Irishman John McCourt describes James Joyce as “the most celebrated, most influential and most controversial literary figure of the 20th century” in his book The Years of Bloom about Joyce’s years in Trieste, and he is one of the guests in the program.

Produced and presented by Martha Hawley.

Broadcast in 2000.