James Joyce & Jonathon Swift: Irish Literary Giants [2 Discs] [DVD]

This documentary examines the lives, works, and worlds of Irish authors James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Hosted by Robert Nicholson, curator of the James Joyce Museum, Sandycove, explores some of the events that may have inspired "Gulliver's Travels" and "Ulysses".
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James Joyce's Dublin: The Ulysses Tour
When Ulysses was first published back in 1922, it expanded the public's preconceptions about what was permissible in fiction despite being denounced as obscene and even unreadable by some critics. These days, Joyce's labyrinthine novel is widely touted as one of the greatest fictional works of the 20th Century. In this documentary, James Joyce Museum curator Robert Nicholson offers an irreverent tour of both the author's fascinating world and the environment that helped to shape him into a literary legend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

A Voyage Into the Black & Bizarre Imagination of Dr. Jonathan Swift Including Gulliver's Travels
Though writer and Irish satirist Jonathan Swift is primarily known for the classic fantasy adventure tale, Gulliver's Travels, the author's other works contained a variety of quirky -- and not always friendly -- cast of characters. This documentary takes a look at just those characters, and examine how Swift's writings influenced the literary world. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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