DescriptionPresenting and chairing a two-person discussion on James Joyce's Ulysses:
Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the US, will be speaking about his book on Ulysses and will talk about its centenary and Sarah Churchwell will speak to James Joyce, Modernism and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
This year marks the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, James Joyce’s celebrated work, set in Dublin, which is considered to be one of the great modernist novels. One of Joyce’s most admiring fans was a young Irish-American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for penning The Great Gatsby, arguably now one of America’s most treasured books. Joyce and Fitzgerald met at a dinner party in France in 1928. According to one guest at this party, Fitzgerald was so overawed to be in the presence of the Irish author that he referred to the evening as the “Festival of St. James” and sank down on one knee before Joyce, kissed his hand, and declared: “How does it feel to be a great genius, Sir? I am so excited at seeing you, Sir, that I could weep.” In honour of two great writers of Irish heritage, the Kennedy Summer School has assembled a panel of literary experts from both sides of the Atlantic, who will discuss the overlapping careers of James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald, relations between the two men and wider themes in Irish and American literature.
|Period||08 Sep 2022|
|Held at||Kennedy Summer School, Ireland|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
- James Joyce
- F Scott Fitzgerald
- John F Kennedy
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The Kennedy Summer School was founded in 2012 by barrister, author and Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan. He was joined by William Keilthy the Vice-chair of the John F. Kennedy Trust in New Ross and Sean Reidy who was then Chief Executive of the Trust. The first Kennedy Summer School was held in September 2012 as curtain raiser for the 50th Anniversary celebrations of President Kennedy’s visit to New Ross in June 2013. The Kennedy Summer School is now an annual event of talks, interviews and presentations held in St Michael’s Theatre New Ross and in a number of nearby venues over three days every September. It is truly a festival of Irish and American History, Politics and Culture and has already established itself as a leading event in the Irish and Irish American political, media and cultural calendar. The Summer School is designed to build on the relationship which the town has with the Kennedy family and on the work of the John F Kennedy Trust and New Ross Municipal District Council