Frank Budgen

Frank Budgen (1882-1971) was an English painter and writer acquainted with James Joyce. In 1934 he published a book, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses.

He was one of Joyce’s closest friends but their relationship became strained at times because of Joyce’s eccentricities.

The Joyce scholar, Clive Hart, wrote of Budgen: “One of Budgen’s many fine qualities was a gift for making new friendships with people of all ages. Although he used occasionally to grumble about the unfortunate effects of technological progress on the quality of life in London and elsewhere, he never failed, even in his last years, to welcome new life, new experience. In his thirties, when he and Joyce were closest, Budgen must have been a most stimulating companion. Even in his eighties he was an excellent man at a party, enjoying the company of people of all kinds, being lionized by many of the men and by virtually all of the women, talking with zest, listening (as few people do) with equal zest. It was when he was in the company of a number of his friends that one saw most clearly the vigorous, intelligent, endlessly curious man whom Joyce had known.”

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