James Joyce, a national Irish treasure, wrote fiction. Perhaps his most famous work was his book, Ulysess, which follows a day in the life of Dubliner Stephen Dedalus. But what many people don’t know is that Joyce’s life itself could have been a fictional work. He based characters in his book off of real life companions like his wife Nora Barnacle from Galway. Though he had literary vision, his eyes suffered 27 surgeries throughout his lifetime. Ireland’s first movie theater was also brought to the nation by the famous author. To learn more interesting facts about James Joyce, see the full article below.