Rip van Winkle

Bloom thinks of three literary figures who exemplify the "Alice Ben Bolt topic." The second of these, "Rip van Winkle," is the protagonist of a short story of the same name by American writer Washington Irving, first published in 1819. It tells of a man in colonial America who falls asleep for 20 years and returns to his village to find everything changed. Various narrative details in Irving's story evoke the other three stories mentioned in this part of Eumaeus, as well as Homer's Odyssey. But Joyce has Bloom focus on just one of the five: Tennyson's narrative poem.

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Actor Joseph Jefferson portraying Rip van Winkle in an 1896 photograph by Napoleon Sarony held in the Denver Public Library. Source: Wikimedia Commons.