In a story of frustration—and ultimately, triumph—Gordon Bowker recounts the many hazards he faced writing his new biography of James Joyce; the biggest Cyclops of all is the author’s litigious grandson, Stephen. Plus, to celebrate Bloomsday, how Fifty Shades of Grey is like Ulysses, and librarians who hated Joyce.
Gordon Bowker has written biographies of Malcolm Lowry (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Lawrence Durrell and George Orwell. His new book is James Joyce: A New Biography. He has contributed to the Irish Times, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, Times Literary Supplement and New York Times. He lives in London.