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Exiles: A Play in Three Acts

By James Joyce / B. W. Huebsch / 1918


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Exiles is a play about a love triangle between a man, his wife, and his best friend. Though there are some autobiographical notes in the characters, it diverts from Joyce’s life in many significant ways. The play is loosely based on the last story in Dubliners, “The Dead.”

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Key Features

  • Loosely based on James Joyce’s story “The Dead”
  • One of Joyce’s only published plays
  • An examination of early twentieth-century Dublin

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About James Joyce

James Joyce (1882–1941) was born in Dublin. He received his early education at two Jesuit schools, Clongowes and Belvedere. In 1898, he enrolled in University College in Dublin, where he studied English, French, and Latin, graduating in 1902. While at university, Joyce was involved in the theater and literary movements in the city. Following graduation, Joyce moved to Paris to study medicine. When the French lectures proved too difficult to follow, Joyce dropped out and returned to Dublin. Following his mother’s death in 1904, Joyce moved to Zurich and then to Trieste (at the time in Austra-Hungary), where he was a school teacher for 10 years. On the eve of WWI, Joyce moved back to Zurich, where he gained a patron whose support allowed him to focus on writing instead of teaching. In 1920, Joyce moved to Paris until 1940, when he returned to Zurich to escape the Nazis. He died in 1941 after surgery for a perforated colon.