James Joyce

The James Joyce BBC Radio Collection
  • The James Joyce BBC Radio Collection

  • James Joyce

    A collection of works by James Joyce, united by the voices of a star cast that includes Andrew Scott, Henry Goodman, Niamh Cusack and Stephen Rea.

    This collection will include:

    Ulysses - a full-cast dramatisation starring Henry Goodman as Leopold Bloom and Andrew Scott as Stephen Dedalus, as they wander across Dublin in the course of one ordinary day, the 16th June 1904. Also starring Niamh Cusack as Molly Bloom and Stephen Rea as the Narrator.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - a abridged Book at Bedtime reading of James Joyce' autobiographical modernist masterpiece, read by Andrew Scott.

    Dubliners - James Joyce's naturalistic short stories combine to create a celebration of a city. These abridged Book at Bedtime readings of all 15 stories are narrated by Stephen Rea.

    Also included is an abridged reading of James Joyce – A Biography by Gordon Bowker. It is read by Jim Norton, and the voice of Joyce is Andrew Scott.

James Joyce was born on 2 February 1882 in Dublin. He studied modern languages at University College, Dublin. After graduating, Joyce moved to Paris for a brief period in 1902. In 1904 Joyce met Nora Barnacle, with whom he would spend the rest of his life and they moved to Europe and settled in Trieste where Joyce worked as a teacher. His first published work was a book of poems called Chamber Music (1907). This was followed by Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and the play Exiles (1918). In 1915 the First World War forced Joyce and Nora and their two children to move to Zürich. Joyce's most famous novel, Ulysses, was published in Paris in 1922. In the same year he started work on his last great book, Finnegan's Wake (1939). James Joyce died in Zürich on 13 January 1941.