Bloomsday for Cab Drivers / 33: Sources
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Movie posters for Ulysses (1967) and Bloom (2003).

These two movies offer a pleasant alternative to cracking the venerable tome itself. Both feature voluptuous Molly Blooms.

The 1967 feature Ulysses is still regarded as the most successful attempt to bring Joyce's novel to the screen. When it opened in New Zealand it was considered so risque that the government forbade theatres from showing it to mixed audiences of men and women. The movie was not cleared for public viewing in Ireland until 2000, 33 years after its release.

Source: Click here to view sources for Ulysses and and Bloom.

Bloomsday for Cab Drivers / 33

Selected Sources

See also the picture source notes and/or links below the pictures on this web site.

  • John Bainbridge, "A Gentleman's Shelter," Gourmet Magazine, August, 1986, pp. 26-30; 93-94.

  • Jorn Barger, IQ Infinity: The Unknown James Joyce (web site: A treasure trove of links to web resources on James Joyce and his works. Created in August 2000 and updated at various times up to April, 2005. Some of the links are dead.

  • Harry Blamires, The Bloomsday Book (London: Methuen, 1966). This book contains nice potted summaries of the Ulysses episodes, but it extends to over 250 pages so it's no fast read.

  • "Cab!" in All the Year Round ("conducted by Charles Dickens"), February 25, 1860, pp. 414-416. See All the Year Round for the full text.

  • G. N. Georgano, A History of the London Taxicab (New York: Drake Publishers, 1973), pp. 37-39.

  • Don Gifford (with Robert J. Seidman), Notes for Joyce: An Annotation of James Joyce's Ulysses. New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1974. Over 550 pages of notes take us through Ulysses line by line (keyed to the Modern Library editions of 1934 and 1961). Several maps are included, so you can trace Bloom's footsteps through Dublin.

  • Michael Higgins, "A Note on 'Time or Setdown' in Ulysses," Notes and Queries 36.234.2 (June, 1989), pp. 200-201.

  • James Joyce. Ulysses: A Critical and Synoptic Edition, prepared by Hans Walter Gabler with Wolfhard Steppe and Claus Melchior. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1986. This edition is a favourite of Joyce scholars because it faithfully reproduces, in print, the line breaks and paging of Joyce's draft and final manuscripts. The three volumes print the text of Joyce's draft manuscript on their left-hand (even) pages and the final manuscript on their right-hand (odd) pages. References in square brackets identify episode and line numbers of the final version; for example, [5 223] is episode 5, line 223.

    Other classic editions of Ulysses whose line references are cited in scholarly works are the Modern Library editions of 1934 and 1961.

    There are many electronic versions of Ulysses on the web, but the most fun is Ulysses by James Joyce, created by the Department of Computing, Imperial College, London ( This "hypertextual, self-referential edition" is based on the Project Gutenberg etext ( which in turn is based on pre-1923 print editions. All 32,364 lines of Ulysses are consecutively numbered, a search engine allows you to look for words and phrases (e.g., golf, hockey) and hypertext links from every word retrieve all lines containing that word.

  • Lexicon Balatronicum (London: 1811). Reprinted under the title 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (Chicago: Follett, 1971).

  • "Ulysses (Novel)" in Wikipedia ( The basic facts about the novel, including brief summaries of all 18 episodes.

  • Urban75, London Landmarks: Cabmen's Shelters, London: Victorian Survivors on London Streets (web site: A short history of London's cabmen's shelters illustrated with photos.

  • Vance Thompson, Vance Thompson's Cab Drivers (web site: Five articles by Vance Thompson. See "How Pat Travels" (1904) for cab driving in Ireland and "The London Cabby" (1904) for cabmen's shelters and other aspects of cab driving in London.

  • Weldon Thornton, Allusions in Ulysses: An annotated List (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961, 1968). Over 500 pages of notes following Ulysses line by line. Similar in intent to Notes for Joyce (above) and another great source for cribbing.

  • Philip Warren, The History of the London Cab Trade From 1600 to the Present Day (London: Taxi Trade Promotions, 1995), pp. 119- 120

  • Aida Yared, JoyceImages (web site: An extensive gallery of postcards, advertisements and other graphic items from the early 1900s which illustrate themes, events, people, locations, etc. referred to in Ulysses. Includes several pictures of jaunting cars.

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