Seaside girls

Glancing quickly at the letter from his daughter, Bloom takes in the phrase "Blazes Boylan's seaside girls." When he reads the letter later in Calypso, he sees that Milly has actually written "Boylan's (I was on the pop of writing Blazes Boylan's) song about those seaside girls." But as far as anyone knows no Boylan, Blazes or otherwise, had any responsibility for the popular song Those Lovely Seaside Girls. It was written by Harry B. Norris in 1899 and sung by the cross-dressing performer Vesta Tilley on English music-hall stages. Like the passionate Là ci darem la mano and the sentimental Love's Old Sweet Song, this humorous love song enters the textures of Bloom's consciousness in various ways and reappears often in the novel, shaping readers' impressions of his erotic imagination.

JH 2017

Kevin McDermott (tenor) and Ralph Richey (piano) performing Those Lovely Seaside Girls, from the album Music from the Works of James Joyce (Sunphone Records, 2003). Source:

On the Shores of Bognor Regis, 1887 oil painting by A. M. Rossi. Source:

1895 cotton piqué seaside dress, held in the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. Source:

Colorized print of an 1895 photograph of Margate Pier in Kent, England. Source:

Colorized print of an 1895 photograph of the Clacton-on-Sea Pier in Essex, England. Source:

Postcard of the Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex, England. Source:

Colorized print of photograph of the promenade, pier, and paviliion at Colwyn Bay in Wales, which opened for business in 1900. Source: