XVII+493 pages. 1st US printing / edition. Hardcover. Photos. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Fine unread book in lightly rubbed Near Fine dustjacket. Bright, tight and clean; no names, marks or tears; price intact. ISBN: 0312185995. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: The life of John Stanislaus Joyce, father of James, Fenian, Parnellite, drunk who claimed to have cured himself of syphilis. Obsessed with the burden of being the only son of an only son, John Joyce himself fathered no fewer than seventeen children with his long-suffering wife (despite many affairs and many engagements he actually married only once) but was concerned only with his eldest surviving son, James. This was through no intrinsic merit on James's part but because of John Joyce's excessive belief in the rights of primogeniture such that all his other children were excluded from his will and those who predeceased him were not even named on the family gravestone. John, as James liked to claim, gave to his son all of his wit: most of the characters in Ulysses are barely disguised friends of his and the incidents from his life pepper James's fiction. John Joyce was the most important person in James's life. But as well as the light thrown on the century's greatest novelist, this is a depiction of the high-spirits, ebulliant passions, deep depressions, good humour and warm linguistic skills of the ultimate Dublin character.
Rezension: It is ironic that a man who scarcely wrote a word in his life, failing even to write letters to friends, fathered one of the 20th century's greatest master of words. John Stanislaus Joyce--father of novelist James--had much to say, for sure, but his media were the witty turn of phrase and off-the-cuff song, his stage, the pub. John Stanislaus was raised in Cork then educated in Dublin. Here he quickly rose to prominence in the local pubs where he shared his passionate Irish nationalism and fervor for sports with bar mates. Though he received a comfortable inheritance in early adulthood, Joyce the elder was, by all accounts, a terrible money manager. In fact the few letters he ever wrote were loan requests; thus the Joyce home was loving but often impermanent, shifting with the tides of fortune. Joyce's most important gift to his son James was his contribution to his fiction. John Stanislaus is the model for the hero of Finnegan's Wake and his "memories and extravagant idioms" are the foundation of Ulysses's Leopold Bloom. Writers John Wyse Jackson and Peter Costello include in this biography some of James's character sketches of his father--a real treat for Joyce fans and scholars.
Titel: JOHN STANISLAUS JOYCE: The Voluminous Life ...
Verlag: St. Martins, 1998.
Zustand: Near Fine
Buchbeschreibung Forth Estate, London, 1997. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Fourth Estate 1997; The voluminous life and genius of James Joyce's Father. Illustrated good very good in dust jacket . Clean copy; 494 pages. Artikel-Nr. 1143