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).
- Article by:
- David Bradshaw
- Literature 1900–1950
The writing and publication history of Ulysses was shaped by individuals and organisations trying to censor it, outraged by its explicit references to the human body and its iconoclasm. David Bradshaw describes the reactions to James Joyce's novel on both sides of the Atlantic, from its initial magazine serialisation in 1919 to the 1950s.
- Article by:
- Katherine Mullin
- Literature 1900–1950, Capturing and creating the modern
Since its publication in 1922, readers have been daunted, dazzled and puzzled by Ulysses. Katherine Mullin introduces James Joyce's novel, exploring both its commitment to modernist experimentation and to the portrayal of everyday life.