By Samantha Terkeltaub Episode 1 of James Joyce‘s Ulysses centers around the interactions between Stephen, his housemate Buck Mulligan, and Buck’s guest Haines. The episode highlights the ways that Buck, who is in many ways Stephen’s foil and opponent, has encroached upon Stephen, both physically and mentally, and how he has come to take over… Continue Reading “Telemachus”


by Pericles Lewis “It is a book to which we are all indebted and from which none of us can escape,” wrote T. S. Eliot of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922).[1] Joyce’s novel describes a day in the life of an advertising canvasser in pre-war Dublin, drawing implicit parallels between his adventures and those described in… Continue Reading Ulysses

Alexandria: A History and a Guide

by Samuel Cross Published in 1922, E. M. Forster’s Alexandria:  A History and a Guide was one of two books, along with Pharos and Pharillon, in which Forster sought to describe the city in which he was stationed as a Red Cross volunteer during World War I.  Forster had originally traveled to Alexandria with idealistic… Continue Reading Alexandria: A History and a Guide

The Waste Land

by Pericles Lewis “Eliot’s Waste Land is I think the justification of the ‘movement,’ of our modern experiment, since 1900,” wrote Ezra Pound shortly after the poem was published in 1922. T.S. Eliot’s poem describes a mood of deep disillusionment stemming both from the collective experience of the first world war and from Eliot’s personal… Continue Reading The Waste Land