James Joyce was an Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet who lived from 1882 to 1941. He was born and raised in Dublin, where he excelled as a student and went on to become one of the most prominent and acclaimed authors of his day. Traveling about Europe in search of teaching work while raising a family did not stop him from writing innovative works of fiction such as the short story collection Dubliners and the acclaimed novel Ulysses. Joyce's seminal work, widely regarded as one of the most important representatives of literary modernism, will never cease to captivate, trouble, or reward readers ready to enter his universe.