The Adventures of Ulysses by Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb’s The Adventures of Ulysses is an adaptation for children of Homer’s ancient Greek epic poem The Odyssey. ‘Ulysses’ is the Latinised name for ‘Odysseus’, the hero of the work.

Lamb published the adaptation in 1808. Although later celebrated as an essayist, Lamb was also a prominent early 19th-century children’s author who, together with his sister Mary Lamb, had found success a year earlier with a similar work of adaptation titled Tales from Shakespeare (1807).

The Irish novelist James Joyce was first introduced to Homer and The Odyssey when he read Lamb’s The Adventures of Ulysses as a school pupil in Dublin. The epic fascinated Joyce, leaving an impression on him that later developed into his modern masterpiece, Ulysses (1922).

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The Adventures of Ulysses
1808, London
Juvenile Library
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Charles Lamb
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