Irish writer James Joyce’s epic 730-page novel “Ulysses” was first published 98 years ago today. Structured as a modernist take on ancient Greek author Homer’s poem “The Odyssey”, Joyce divided his book into three separate sections with a total of 18 separate episodes. Now considered to be a masterpiece of 20th century prose, “Ulysses” has inspired an unofficial commemorative holiday that is observed annually in Dublin, Ireland every year on June 16, the day the novel takes place. Titled Bloomsday in honor of the novel’s protagonist Leopold Bloom, literary Enthusiasts will don Edwardian era costumes and do pub crawls, all in tribute to Joyce.
“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” —