Listen to a Rare Recording of James Joyce Reading ‘Ulysses’


Not to take the spotlight away from fathers on this Sunday, but it also happens to be Bloomsday — the day we celebrate James Joyce’s 1922 novel, Ulysses. Our friends at Open Culture have shared a wonderful audio recording of the author reading the Aeolus episode from his book, recorded in 1924. “I believe that it expressed something he wanted said and preserved in his own voice. As it rings out — ‘he lifted his voice above it boldly’ — it is more, one feels, than mere oratory,” Joyce’s publisher Sylvia Beach wrote of the session, which took place at the HMV (His Master’s Voice) gramophone studio near Paris. Enjoy, and take part in the Bloomsday celebrations around the country today if you can.