On February 2, 1882, James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, author of Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, was born in Rathgar, Dublin to John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane Murray. February 2, 2022 marks the 140th anniversary of his birth.
In celebration, check out this excellently animated video of Joyce (or his bust in St. Stephens Green) set to a recording of him reading from Finnegans Wake. It’s a notoriously daunting tome, but when read aloud – especially by the author himself – it all makes a beautiful sort of sense.
Listen as Fionnula Flanagan reads the short story “Counterparts” from Joyce’s Dubliners: