Books: Happy Birthyear

Dublin jumps for Joyce

In Dublin's fair city, a new plaque adorns a dingy, red brick house at 52 Upper Clanbrassil Street. It identifies the birthplace of someone who never lived and who, as long as there are readers, will never die: "Here in Joyce's imagination was born in May, 1866, Leopold Bloom—citizen, husband, father, wanderer, reincarnation of Ulysses." The Irish capital has changed in other small ways. A bronze bust of James Joyce stands in St. Stephen's Green, a small park near the city's center. The Chapelizod Bridge across the greenish River Liffey has been rechristened the Anna Livia Bridge, named...

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