James Joyce Statistics

  • In 2000, an autographed chapter manuscript of Ulysses (Joyce’s most recognized work) was sold for $1.5 million, which was an English-language literary record.
  • In 2009, a very rare Ulysses first edition sold for £275,000 (around $432,000), breaking the record for the highest-valued 20th-century first edition.
  • An erotic letter sent in 1909 from James Joyce to his future-wife Nora Barnacle sold at auction for £240,800 (around $440,500) in 2004, breaking the record for a 20th-century autographed letter.
  • In 1904, prior to his first publication, James Joyce was offered £1 (around $5) per story to produce short tales with an Irish Background (which were later adapted into Dubliners in 1914) for an agricultural publication.
  • Ulysses’ first edition in 1922 had a print run of just 1,000 copies following banning and book burning after being serialized in the US journal The Little Review.
  • The book was published through Shakespeare and Company (an English-language bookstore based in Paris) and copies almost sold out within just a month.
  • Bloomsday commemorations are a celebration of James Joyce’s life and are named after Ulysses’ main character, Leopold Bloom.
  • For the occasion, people dress up in Edwardian costumes, take part in marathon reading sessions and retrace the Dublin-based locations featured in the novel.
  • Its date of June 16th was chosen due to being the date of Joyce’s first date with his eventual wife and also the date in which the events of Ulysses take place.
  • Joyce was known to invent words, including a 100-letter term to describe a thunderclap using words for thunder across different languages and the word “Quark”, later adopted in physics.

James Joyce books in order

  • As of 2023, a total of 18 James Joyce titles have been published.
  • This includes:
    • 5 nonfiction titles (critical writings and letters).
    • 4 novels.
    • 4 poetry titles.
    • 2 short-story collections.
    • 2 children’s fiction titles.
    • 1 play.
  • His published titles were released between 1907 and 2013.
  • His most famous work, Ulysses, was written over a period of around 7 years.
  • As James Joyce passed away in 1941, 10 of his titles were published posthumously (55.56%).
#Year publishedTitleTypeOriginal publisherPage countAudiobook length
11907Chamber MusicPoetryElkin Mathews48N/A
21914Dubliners (15 short stories)Short-story collectionGrant Richards Ltd.1528h34m
31916A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManNovelB. W. Huebsch2998h17m
41918ExilesPlayGrant Richards962h37m
51922UlyssesNovelShakespeare and Company73227h16m
61927Pomes PenyeachPoetryShakespeare and Company47N/A
71936Collected PoemsPoetryBlack Sun Press65N/A
81939Finnegans WakeNovelFaber and Faber67229h18m
91944Stephen HeroNovelJonathan Cape254N/A
101957Letters of James Joyce Vol. 1NonfictionStuart Gilbert440N/A
111959The Critical Writings of James JoyceNonfictionEllsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann288N/A
121965The Cat and the DevilChildren’s fictionFaber and Faber32N/A
131966Letters of James Joyce Vol. 2NonfictionRichard Ellmann472N/A
141966Letters of James Joyce Vol. 3NonfictionRichard Ellmann584N/A
151968Giacomo JoycePoetryFaber and Faber64N/A
161975Selected Letters of James JoyceNonfictionRichard Ellmann480N/A
172012The Cats of CopenhagenChildren’s fictionIthys Press40N/A
182013Finn’s Hotel (10 short storiesShort-story collectionIthys Press140N/A

James Joyce short-story collections

  • James Joyce has had two short-story collections published. 
  • The first was Dubliners, released in 1914.
  • Dubliners includes the following 15 short-stories:
    • The Sisters
    • An Encounter
    • Araby
    • Eveline
    • After the Race
    • Two Gallants
    • The Boarding House
    • A Little Cloud
    • Counterparts
    • Clay
    • A Painful Case
    • Ivy Day in the Committee Room
    • A Mother
    • Grace
    • The Dead
  • The second was Finn’s Hotel, published posthumously in 2013.
  • Finn’s Hotel includes the following 10 short stories:
    • The Irish Chinchinjoss
    • Kindness to Fishes
    • A Tale of a Tub
    • Issy and the Dragon
    • The Big Kiss
    • The Staves of Memory
    • Skyward to Stardom
    • The House of a Hundred Bottles
    • Here Comes Everybody
    • Here’s Lettering You

James Joyce FAQ

Who is James Joyce?

  • James Joyce was an Irish writer who was best known for his 1922 novel Ulysses. 
  • As a modernist, he looked to revolutionize the structure of narratives and explore the inner thoughts of his characters.
  • Often, his works explored the themes of life in Dublin, identity, and human consciousness, all of which contributed toward his significant recognition within the space of modern literature.

How did James Joyce die?

  • On January 13, 1941, James Joyce passed away in Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 58.
  • He died due to complications from a perforated duodenal ulcer, affecting the first part of the small intestine.
  • Joyce’s health had already been declining, having undergone multiple surgeries before fatally suffering from the condition.

What is Ulysses about?

  • Ulysses is a novel that follows the lives of three main characters over the course of a single day in Dublin, Ireland.
  • The novel is recognized due to detailing the thoughts and emotions of its characters and its depiction of topics that were more sensitive and/or less discussed at the time of its publication.
  • Furthermore, Ulysses showcased experimental narrative techniques that attempted to demonstrate the human mind’s stream of consciousness.
  • James Joyce was influenced by an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey for children which was written by Charles Lamb in 1808. 

Why was Ulysses banned?

  • Ulysses contained a portrayal of sexuality that was considered highly controversial at the time of its 1922 publication.
  • As a result of this, It was banned in multiple countries, including the US and the UK.

What is Araby by James Joyce about?

  • Araby is a short story contained in James Joyce’s 1914 publication Dubliners.
  • The story is about a young boy who looks for a gift at an Araby bazaar for a friend’s sister with whom he is besotted.
  • Its themes include the contrast between idealism and reality, disillusion, and one-sided love.