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What day of week was june 16, 1904?  Why is that day important in English literature?

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Posted December 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM via web

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What day of week was june 16, 1904?  Why is that day important in English literature?

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM (Answer #1)

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16th June 1904 is 'Bloomsday.' All the events of James Joyce's (1882-1941) landmark novel "Ulysses" (1922)  take  place on 16th June 1904 in Dublin. 'Bloomsday' is derived from the name of the protagonist of the novel Leopold Bloom. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Joyce's fans all over the world and more so  in Dublin.

Thursday, 16 June 1904 was the date of Joyce's first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle a chambermaid when they walked to the Dublin urban village of Ringsend. Joyce had met her  on 10th June on Nassau Street.

'Bloomsday'  was first celebrated in 1954.  On 'Bloomsday' a range of cultural activities including sometimes a marathon reading of the entire novel are organised by the fans of James Joyce.

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