My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

Paperback | May 15, 2003

byStanislaus Joyce, Richard Ellmann, T.s. Eliot

not yet rated|write a review
Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved into gaiety, wild whimsy, and at times sodden despair.Covering the first twenty-two years of James Joyce's life in Dublin and Trieste, My Brother's Keeper is a window onto the drama that was his youth. Thanks to Stanislaus's superb memory and sure hand, here we find the Dublin of Dubliners: the streets, neighbors, churches, and unforgettable eccentrics. Here we see the model for Ulysses' Simon Dedalus: James' father, a dour and violent figure when in his cups. Here are the Joyces in their own home, and the minor characters that pepper A Portrait of the Artist: Eileen, Leopold Bloom's comely daughter; Mrs. Riordan, the surly teacher; Mr. Casey, the political agitator. And finally, here is Trieste, a place of exile for Stanislaus but a retreat for James. Stanislaus Joyce has fashioned both an invaluable primary source for his brother's opaque masterpieces and a loving memoir of his brother's early life.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$16.04 online
$21.95 list price (save 26%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved in...

Stanislaus Joyce (18841955), the brother of James Joyce, was a professor of literature in Trieste. His wife, Nelly Joyce, published My Brother's Keeper after his death.

other books by Stanislaus Joyce

Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.77 inPublished:May 15, 2003Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030681210X

ISBN - 13:9780306812101

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

Reviews