A literary giant, a creative genius – but Joyce was no great Irish icon
So, did you have a jolly Bloomsday yesterday? Did you celebrate it by having offal for breakfast, attending a horsedrawn funeral, getting stocious at Davy Byrne's, or just reading aloud some of the more sexually explicit passages from 'Ulysses'?
Irish writers are keen to turn Bloomsday into a national holiday at home and abroad, and writers are exactly the people to celebrate James Joyce and his masterpiece. Because Joyce was, as a writer, a giant among men and women (not that he'd expect any competition from women – he didn't believe that women were possessed of "artistic power".)
But JJ shares with Richard Wagner the honour of being a great genius in his work – but, in person, a selfish and not very nice man.