Ulysses and Gatsby: Irish and American geniuses at work

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Presenting 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.
Period08 Sept 2022
Held atKennedy Summer School, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • James Joyce
  • Ulysses
  • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • John F Kennedy