“The turn of the century saw Joyce celebrate his eighteenth birthday and the pace of his life quicken. On 20 January 1900 he delivered his long-pondered talk on ‘Drama and Life’ to the college’s Literary and Historical Society. It was to be an important event in Joyce’s artistic evolution. It confirmed his reputation for eccentric brilliance, and provided him with a springboard to a new literary future.”
Bowker, Gordon. James Joyce: A Biography. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2011. Print. 71.
Student Writing Sample
Joyce’s early talk on ‘Drama and Life’ truly set his literary career into motion.