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April 29, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
James Joyce statue in Dublin

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James Joyce's Dublin

James Joyce was one of the most respected of the many literary talents to came out of Ireland's capitol city. He is best known for "Ulysses," an episodic, cutting-edge (for the early '20s) book that is still considered a classic today. In a strange way, this book was tailor-made for a walking tour. This is because the hero, Leopold Bloom, wanders around Dublin's streets over the course of a single day, and also because many of the places depicted in the book are still standing.

The James Joyce Center offers a Footsteps of Leopold Bloom tour, as well as tours that visit the scenes from Joyce's famous short story collection, "The Dubliners." Joyce's works are featured, along with those of other Irish luminaries, on the Literary Pub Crawl, a walking tour with stops in pubs where professional actors perform the works of Joyce, Beckett, Wilde and others.