A Word Child (Vintage Classics) by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

Stored from a antisocial adolescence by way of schooling, cheated out of Oxford by way of a sad love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and ekes out a residing in a lifeless civil carrier task.

When the guy whom he has harmed and betrayed reappears as head of his division, Hilary hopes for forgiveness, even for redemption and a brand new existence, yet unearths himself haunted by way of a ghostly repetition.

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Yeats brought him to the offices of journals that might offer him the opportunity to review books, and arranged a meeting with Arthur Symons, a poet, editor and influential critic who had helped introduce the French Symbol­ ists to the English in his 1899 volume, The Symbolist Movement in Literature. Symons would eventually help Joyce publish his poetry. Joyce completed his trip to Paris by boat and train. He seems to have attended some classes within a week, but by 21 December he wrote to Lady Gregory that 'my prospects for studying medicine here are not inviting' (SL 11).

I lost Joyce in the crowd, but I could see he was disheartened over something. I recall, too, that Joyce had had some difficulty for a week or so previously in extracting the money for the bazaar from his parent. [Fallon, in Joyce We Knew 48] Some of the stories of 'mature life' also had biographical origins; for example Stanislaus felt that Mr Duffy in 'A Painful Case' is 'a por­ trait of what my brother imagined I should become in middle age' ­ although he acknowledged too that Joyce had lent Mr Duffy 'some traits of his own' (MBK 160).

One of his jobs, lasting only several weeks, was as an assistant teacher at the Clifton School, in Dalkey, south of Dublin and near Sandycove. The headmaster of the private school, Francis Irwin, helped contribute to the characterisation of Mr Deasy in Ulysses (// 153). Although, as it turned out, for much of his life Joyce made his living as a teacher, during this period he took more seriously the possibility of a singing career. He had a fine tenor voice, of which he always remained proud; in 1903 friends encouraged him to enter a singing contest, and after some voice lessons he sang in the compe­ tition - in a Feis Ceoil - in May; he would have won the gold medal except for the fact that when he was given a short piece to sight-read, an ability beyond Joyce's musical education, he declined and walked off the stage; in the end he won the bronze medal anyway, and he gave it to Aunt Josephine (//152).

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