A Quaker Librarian in James Joyce's Ulysses

A Quaker Librarian in James Joyce's Ulysses Notes and Documents35 By Gerhard Friedrich* the striking dual caricature of a Quaker and a librarian named Lyster, who is attributed to the National Library in Dublin in 1904. As the hero, Stephen Dedalus, and some literary friends are theorizing during a library visit about Shakespeare and his plays, he listens to them and enters into the discussion, but is repeatedly called away by an attendant to assist various patrons. The figure he cuts is humorously memorable: his meek auk's egg head is almost footed," he tiptoes, corantoes, or proceeds in a galliard rather than added to the long list of Quaker characters in non-Quaker literature It is little known that James Joyce, in his novel Ulysses, "Quakerlyster" plays an interesting minor role in the book.1 bald, and perhaps largely for that reason endowed with a benign forehead; appropriately large-eared, low-voiced, and "softcreak- walks. That he is felicitous, friendly and earnest, dutiful, zealous and assiduous, seems to be to his credit both as a Quaker and a librarian, but one is made to feel that leading the way--however briskly and volubly--to all the provincial papers, is not a very suggests a distinction between courtesy and the Inner Light). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of Friends' Historical Association Friends Historical Association

A Quaker Librarian in James Joyce's Ulysses

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1934-1504
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Notes and Documents35 By Gerhard Friedrich* the striking dual caricature of a Quaker and a librarian named Lyster, who is attributed to the National Library in Dublin in 1904. As the hero, Stephen Dedalus, and some literary friends are theorizing during a library visit about Shakespeare and his plays, he listens to them and enters into the discussion, but is repeatedly called away by an attendant to assist various patrons. The figure he cuts is humorously memorable: his meek auk's egg head is almost footed," he tiptoes, corantoes, or proceeds in a galliard rather than added to the long list of Quaker characters in non-Quaker literature It is little known that James Joyce, in his novel Ulysses, "Quakerlyster" plays an interesting minor role in the book.1 bald, and perhaps largely for that reason endowed with a benign forehead; appropriately large-eared, low-voiced, and "softcreak- walks. That he is felicitous, friendly and earnest, dutiful, zealous and assiduous, seems to be to his credit both as a Quaker and a librarian, but one is made to feel that leading the way--however briskly and volubly--to all the provincial papers, is not a very suggests a distinction between courtesy and the Inner Light).

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Bulletin of Friends' Historical AssociationFriends Historical Association

Published: Apr 4, 1954

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