What is Bloomsday?

On June 16, 1904 James Joyce met his future wife, Nora. He later memorialised the date as Bloomsday - the day of Leopold Bloom's  twenty-four hour mock-odyssey around Dublin in Ulysses (1922). 

Ulysses is renowned for the daunting challenge it poses readers (see here for a brief beginner's guide). It also weighs in at at close to a thousand pages in the paperback edition. 

What happens on Bloomsday?
Joyce - whose self-importance  matched his monumental talent - believed Ulysses would provide scholars with 'a lifetime' of material. Doubtless, he would think it fitting that thousands now attend public readings of his work - most famously in Dublin where Bloomsday is a major tourist event.  

What happens in Ulysses?

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