Alex Ross

Pale Vampire: Wagner''s Influence on Joyce

Like so many literary and artistic figures of the late nineteenth and music early twentieth centuries, James Joyce immersed himself in the music dramas of Richard Wagner in his youth, and never entirely escaped the Wagner spell. Alex Ross, the author of The Rest is Noice and Listen to This, considers a few of the Wagernian resonances in Joyces writing, and ponders the complex fate of Wagner in the modern world. Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996.