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The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum

To continue with a theme we introduced on Tuesday with our post on James Joyce, we bring you another Irish writer from our special collections.

Padraic Colum was an actor, writer and participant in the Irish Literary Renaissance.  Close friends with James Joyce, he helped type pages for Finnegan’s Wake as well as wrote a biographical reminiscence about Joyce with his wife Mary Colum called Our Friend James Joyce.

The Padraic Colum book from our collections that we chose to showcase today is his children’s novel, The King of Ireland’s Son.

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Beautifully illustrated by Hungarian illustrator Willy Pogany, the book is a collection of Irish folktales.

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Written when Colum was living in the United States, and published the same year as the 1916 Easter Rising, his writings sought to bring the myth, folklore, and the dream of Ireland to children and adults alike.

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This volume is available for viewing Monday through Friday in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room from 9:00 – 4:30.

It is also available online in both digital book and audio book form.

Special Collections: James Joyce

Today marks the 134 birthday of James Joyce, and on the 22nd it will be the 94th anniversary of the first full publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, by publisher and famous bookstore owner Sylvia Beach.

First published in installments by The Little Review starting in March of 1918, the book takes place over the course of one day, June 16, 1920. This day is now celebrated as Bloomsday, named after the protagonist of the book, Leopold Bloom.

Reading the book is a goal for many though it is a book few complete. To quote the New York Times review by Dr. Joseph Collins, “Not ten men or women out of a hundred can read Ulysses through [...] I am probably the only person, aside from the author, that has ever read it twice from beginning to end.” It does however have a benefit for those who finish it, as Collins purports, “I have learned more psychology and psychiatry from it than I did in ten years at the Neurological Institute.”

In celebration of James Joyce’s birthday and to illustrate our love of difficult but rewarding books, we offer you a preview of some of our more unique tiles by and about Joyce from our collections.

James Joyce, a critical introduction, by Harry Levin.

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An exagmination of James Joyce; analyses of the “Work in progress”, by Samuel Beckett, Marcel Brion, Frank Budgen and others…

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Pomes penyeach / by James Joyce.

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Recollections of James Joyce / by his brother Stanislaus Joyce ; translated from the Italian by Ellsworth Mason.

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Yes… these titles are available for research in the Special Collections & Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.