Ivory Tower

As it is defined at Wikpedia and I quote:

The term ivory tower originates in the Biblical Song of Solomon (7:4)[The Bible] and was later used as an epithet for Mary. From the 19th century, it has been used to designate an environment of intellectual pursuit disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. In American English usage it is also used as shorthand for academia or the university, particularly departments of the humanities and the social sciences

This job will include what seems to me, the editor, the best succeeded scholars and fairly the most accepted under the educational environment in the US and eventually from outside, from which, the basic knowledge was taken in this job. Sometimes, as it is the case in Finnegan's Wake, some highly praised intellectuals issued well accepted papers that the editor considers mistaken or biased. When this is the case it will be elaborated right at the spot why. Sometimes the google gives us papers, thesis, reviews, from unknown people, that were used, because they make sense to the basic approach used here, even though they might fall outside humanities or social sciences.

I will give a brief summary about what seems to me the reaction of the Ivory tower and the works of Joyce comprising his three novels (A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake), plus the short story collection Dubliners, which ended up together. Complete works of James Joyce might comprise something else that we will leave aside.


Dubliners 1914

15 short stories

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1916

Ulysses 1922

Finnegans Wake 1939 (sections published as parts of Work in Progress from 1928 to 1937

Verse: Chamber Music 1907; Pomes Penyeach 1927; Collected Poems 1936

Play Exiles 1918


The definitive biography, Richard Ellmann James Joyce 1959

The Bloomsday Book 1966, Henry Blamires , the best guide for reading Ulysses for the first time

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study by Stuart Gilbert

Ulysses Annotated - Don Gifford

Joyce's Ulysses Professor James A. W. Heffernan, Ph.D.Dartmouth College

Ulysses according to Marshall McLuhan

Finnegans Wake

James S.Atherton - The Books at the Wake - The best book ever to figure out Finnegans Wake
Thornton Wilder - The Skin of Our Teeth
William York Tindall - A Reader's Guide to Finnegans Wake
Cliver Hart - Structure and Motif in Finnegans Wake
Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake, by Carol Loeb Shloss (Author), Farrar Straus & Giroux, ISBN 037419424

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes Mary M. Talbot & Bryan M. Talbot

Accepted authors but in the editor's opinion mistaken or biased