DEAD: ON THIS DATE
James Joyce (aged 58)
-Irish novelist and poet (Ulysses)
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet. He contributed to the modernistavant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man(1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published letters and occasional journalism.
DEATH: On 11 January 1941, Joyce underwent surgery in Zurich for a perforated duodenal ulcer. He fell into a coma the following day. He awoke at 2 a.m. on 13 January 1941, and asked a nurse to call his wife and son, before losing consciousness again. They were en route when he died 15 minutes later, less than a month short of his 59th birthday.
His body was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery, Zurich.