|James Joyce, graphite stick with #6B Berol, 6 x 8"; reference photo by Alex Enrenzweig, 1915|
The author was thirty three years old. His eyes are what got me.
Why suddenly am I interested in James Joyce? Respect I think for his stream of consciousness writing technique which is all so true when we consciously notice our line of thought. I picked up a book with both The Dubliners and A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man in it a few months ago and it sat on my to reading table untouched till last month when there was nothing more I cared to read on The New York Times Fiction list and was in want of some writing by a giant in literature.
The Dubliners is a collection of short stories published in 1914, Joyce's first publishing success. A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man published two years later has got my book marker in it now. While I noticed a bit of stream of consciousness technique in a couple of his short stories, there's more of it in this novel. I find the technique fascinating for being the queen of the semi colon, colon and dash, dash in my own writing, I understand tangents and second thoughts butting into my subject all the time. Joyce, however, uses no punctuation to separate these interjections. I like that. I do think I get carried away.
Joyce was born February 2nd, 1882 and exited the world on my birthday fifty nine years almost to the day. He left us with five outstanding works one of which few have read not that we're not smart enough but not that we're not smart enough to get the intense mix of
"linguistic experiments, stream of consciousness writing style, literary allusions, free dream associations and abandonment of narrative conventions," --en.m.wikipedia.org
|Reference photo by Alex Enrenzweig|
The Dubliners, published in 1914 at the age of 32
A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man, published in 1916 at the age of 34
Exiles and Poetry, A play that was turned down for production by Yeats, but produced in 1970 and a collection of his poetry, which I didn't know he wrote, published in 1918 at 36 years of age.
Ulysses, published in 1922 at the age of forty.
Finnegans Wake, begun in 1923 and finished seventeen years later in 1939 at the age of 58
And we think eight months is a long time to work on a painting!
Reference photo enhanced by LWR for drawing purposes (feel free if Joyce is your cup of MS).
|I do have to give those eyes another pass. I did not get the intensity in this first sketch.|