Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom

Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom

by Brenda Maddox


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In 1904, having known each other for only three months, a young woman named Nora Barnacle and a not yet famous writer named James Joyce left Ireland together for Europe -- unwed. So began a deep and complex partnership, and eventually a marriage, which endured for thirty-seven years.
This is the true story of Nora, the woman who, transformed by Joyce's imagination, became Molly Bloom, arguably the most famous female character in twentieth-century literature. It is also the story of Ireland, a social history encapsulated in the vivid recreation of Joyce and his small Irish entourage abroad. Ultimately it is the portrait of a relationship -- of Nora's complicated, committed, and at times shocking relationship with a hardworking, hard drinking genius and with his work.
In NORA: THE REAL LIFE OF MOLLY BLOOM, the award-winning biographer Brenda Maddox has given us a powerful new lens through which to see both James Joyce and the woman who was in turn his inspiration and his salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618057009
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 06/16/2000
Pages: 510
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Brenda Maddox is the author of several books, including D.H. LAWRENCE: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE and YEAT'S GHOSTS: THE SECRET LIFE OF W.B. YEATS.

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