My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper

Stanislaus Joyce

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0670497789

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

My Brother's Keeper

Stanislaus Joyce

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0670497789

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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side of the square and to call to a man who was passing to stop us. We call him a har (though I scattered; but after that encounter I my adversary, whose name don't even remember, kept to himself whatever other first- hand information he had about our family. Our stay at the Fitzgibbon Street address must have been we were already at our second address when my won his first exhibition in the Intermediate Examinaprize of twenty pounds in the Preparatory Grade. He short, for

the Middle Grade his silent. marks in interesting to note It is mathematics were high he was placed about thirteenth in Ireland, so well He ber. detested mathematics; he tackled it and he succeeded. is it resolutely because he He as I remem- was his weakest subject, but wanted to win an exhibition, had, in fact, the kind of cleverness which supposed to be distinctive of successful lawyers, that of ac- quiring at short notice, when necessary, a temporary mastery of

last me James, then working on Finnegans Wake, seemed to Professor Joyce to be consciously arrive and rather inaccessible, surrounded by admirers and drinking more than ever. Stanislaus had not approved wholeheartedly of either of the books from his side. derogatory of his Ulysses appeared to him at human life, lacking in those brother wrote first away to be wilfully moments of serenity INTRODUCTION XX which he remembered as part of his life in Dublin. In after saw more

convincing, perhaps be- too well. \"\'here did said Jim, knew I I, had some you smihng and touching the scene on the get that scene? his forehead, all here. would be more teUing for me if basis in reaht>^ —How can you know, Jim objected, whether have any basis in actual experience or not? Ibsen's scenes MY BROTHER I20 — I I know, don't I KEEPER S admitted again, but fancy the reality of experience has a I have that way illusion. of making itself felt. —There

reveal things our controlled thoughts unconsciously conceal. them because I I preserved suspected they might be his good-bye to poetry, an indication that prose was taking the upper hand. x\nd see what he was driving missions and unregarded states of mind for what of big events and our at: trifles, is own I could the significance of unreflecting ad- dehcately weighed, in assaying basic in them. The noise and pomp imagination are so apt to mislead us. A further and

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