Ben Dollard

The character called "Ben Dollard" was probably based on a man named Christopher Dollard, one of the many friends of John Stanislaus Joyce who figure in Ulysses, particularly Hades, Wandering Rocks, and Sirens. Dollard was a singer with a resonant bass voice, and this attribute is central to the fictive character's "basso profondo." The real Dollard died in 1885, however, so it would seem that Joyce gave him a fictive afterlife.

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Ben Rollins photograph of operatic bass Morris Robinson.

Image from cover of a 2012 Cantica album of Russian Orthodox sacred music.

1939 parodic cartoon by Orio Vergani. Source: