Our Location in Ulysses
The Leopold Bloom Press takes its name from James Joyce’s modernist novel Ulysses. In the Lestrygonians episode, Joyce sends Leopold Bloom to our building.
‘He crossed at Nassau Street corner and stood before the window of Yeates and Son pricing the field glasses.’
It is here at 2, Grafton Street the former location of Yeates and Sons that Leopold Bloom tries on Goerz lenses, field-glasses that are on display in the window of the optician and instrument maker that occupied the unit during the 1900s. Bloom and the optician discuss vision and imagination. The conversation goes as follows;
No.2 Grafton Street as it looked on 16th June 1904, the date on which Ulysses is set.
‘There’s a little watch up there on the roof of the bank to test those glasses by.’
His lids came down on the lower rims of his irides.
Can’t see it.
If you imagine it’s there you can almost see it.
Can’t see it.’
Titles preferred by The Leopold Bloom Press are those that aim to advance expression. Originality is key, therefore we are most interested in authors who have polished up the focus of their third-eye, who dare to reach into their imagination as Joyce challenged Bloom to do at this very location in Ulysses.
The Leopold Bloom Was Here wall mural commemorates a modernist innovator.