Today in World History: February 2nd

Ulysses, the classic novel by James Joyce, was published on this day in 1922. It follows the events of Leopold Bloom throughout one day, in Dublin. It takes it’s name from the Latin form of Odysseus, the hero that spent ten years in the Trojan War, and ten years trying to get back home, as told in Homer’s The Odyssey. Ulysses draws many parallels to its namesake, creating similar events that the protagonist must navigate. It is hailed as a classic, and one of the most important and influential works of modern literature. Although it has undergone a lot of criticism, it has withstood the test of time and remains important today. The author, James Joyce, died in 1941.

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

-James Joyce

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