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Reading A-Z: J for...

Famous writers, notable works, , and publishing jargons by alphabet "J".

Irish author James Joyce (1882 - 1941) is regarded as one of the most important authors of the 20th century.

Though he spent most of his life in continental Europe, his works are entirely set in his native city of Dublin. His best-known novel, Ulysses, was published in 1922. It depicts the activities and thoughts of Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jewish advertising agent, and Stephen Dedalus, a young intellectual, based on Joyce himself, on a single day, 16 June 1904. Joyce made use of stream of consciousness narration and wordplay in this novel. He also revealed the theme of politics, culture, religions, morals, making it a pre-eminent example of modernist literature.

Bloomsday is nowadays celebrated worldwide each year on 16 June to commemorate Joyce's life.

Written by English author Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell. 

Set in the north of England, it tells the life of Jane Eyre from childhood to adulthood. An orphan from a young age, she is raised by her cruel aunt who later sends her to a harsh boarding school. Despite the hard conditions, she succeeds in her studies and becomes a governess at a house called Thornfield Hall. She falls in love with the master Edward Rochester, but then discovers his hidden secret and faces a quandary involving love, dignity and morality.  

Not only is Jane Eyre a coming-of-age novel, it also reflects the author's own experiences, giving a vivid description of 19th-century English society, as well as exploring the problems of social class, gender roles and religion.

The jacket of a book (sometimes refers to as the dust jacket) is the detachable outer cover, which is usually made of paper. Used for protecting the book cover and binding from damage, the jacket has flaps which hold it to the book's front and back covers. It also contains useful information about the book, such as author biography, book summary, ISBN, price, endorsements, or other information that will attract readers.

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