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Datebook: February 2 – ‘Ulysses’ Published 90 Years Ago

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Ulysses is a novel by the Irish author James Joyce. Considered one of the most important works of Modernist literature, it has been called “a demonstration and summation of the entire movement,” and, “Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so foregrounded the process of thinking.” Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904. Since publication, the book attracted controversy and scrutiny, ranging from early obscenity trials to protracted textual “Joyce Wars.” Ulysses’ stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and experimental prose—full of puns, parodies, and allusions, as well as its rich characterizations and broad humor, made the book a highly regarded novel in the Modernist pantheon. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

It’s Thursday, February 2

Flute-guitar duo Kathleen Karr and Stephen Mattingly will give a recital tomorrow evening at 6 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The program includes works by Italian, French, Argentinean, and American composers. Admission is free. For more information, call the music department at 270-809-4288.

The Western Kentucky Polar Plunge takes place Saturday at 11AM at the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Solicit donations to benefit Special Olympics athletes, then take a chilly dip in the lake. The minimum contribution is $75 for adults or $50 for youth. Find more online at soky.org.

Land Between the Lakes offers a chance to learn more about the American Civil War during the Fort Henry Anniversary Walk on Saturday from 12:30 to 4PM. Learn about the construction, the battle, and the legacy of Fort Henry during the event’s 150th anniversary. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Registration is required by calling 924-2020.

Find more community events at wkms.org.

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