New album by James Joyce on vinyl – The Atlantic
By now you may have heard of James Joyce, the celebrated Irish author who died in 1926 at the age of 82.
The legendary author had written many novels, short stories and poems, and was the longest-serving member of the Nobel Prize-winning Committee of Literature.
The Irishman wrote a number of books, including the novel, Ulysses.
It’s hard to imagine that any of the world’s greatest writers have ever written so much, but that’s what Joyce was, at his best, a master at.
The title of his latest album, Utopia, is a reference to Ulysss, a poem he wrote in 1867, in which he explores the concept of a world without the necessity for war.
He writes: ‘The world has ceased to be a battlefield; it is not to be fought over and over again.’
And he adds: ‘As the time has come, I believe that the great world that we have in this world will disappear without a struggle.
‘For the first time in history, we are the sovereign world and our destiny lies in its hands.’
Joyce has said that he wanted Utopia to be his last, because he wanted to ‘settle down and get back to my roots’.
He wrote the poem after the publication of his novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
‘I did not want it to be an ordinary, commonplace thing, it was so much more,’ he wrote.
‘If you do not know the man you are living with, then the best thing to do is to put him at the head of your life, to put you under his control, and then to let him take you wherever he wishes.’
The album will be released on June 1.
‘James Joyce’ is available for download now.