We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
Irish modernist novelist and poet, author of 'Ulysses'
1882 – 1941
James Joyce was an Irish novelist best known for his controversial masterpiece Ulysses (1922). After his education at a Jesuit school and later at University College, Dublin, Joyce moved away from Ireland in 1902, spending the rest of his life abroad in Trieste, Zürich and Paris. He faced many obstacles in his writing career, not least of which were financial difficulties, chronic eye problems and censorship issues. Nonetheless, he wrote many successful works such as Dubliners (1914), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939).
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …