Research has shown that virtually all the characters in Joyce's fiction are based (to a greater or lesser degree) on real people who lived in and around Dublin at the turn of the nineteenth century. Often they are referred to by their real names and share characteristics and circumstances with their real counterparts.
These pages present real-life information about Joyce's characters, taken from books, newspapers, registers, and any other regular or ephemeral source in which they may occur. We hope that this often new raw material will supplement information which is already known about the backgrounds to Joyce's Dublin.
For a full listing of notes and articles in this category go to Articles
"They all belong to a vanished world and most of them seem to have been very curious types."
(Letter, 21 December 1922)