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A Little Cloud: Introduction
A Little Cloud: Plot Summary
A Little Cloud: Detailed Summary & Analysis
A Little Cloud: Themes
A Little Cloud: Quotes
A Little Cloud: Characters
A Little Cloud: Symbols
A Little Cloud: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of James Joyce
Historical Context of A Little Cloud
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- Full Title: A Little Cloud
- When Written: 1906
- Where Written: Trieste, Italy
- When Published: 1914
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: Dublin, Ireland
- Climax: At the story’s conclusion, Little Chandler realizes that he is trapped by his life.
- Antagonist: Ignatius Gallaher
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for A Little Cloud
Bottoms Up. Joyce’s character Gallaher is a heavy drinker who, before achieving financial success in London, frequently took loans from friends. Like him, Joyce was a drinker—after emigrating, he and his partner, Nora, sometimes had to borrow money to get by. In fact, a substantial loan from a prominent arts patron, Harriet Shaw Weaver, allowed Joyce to finish writing Ulysses.
Poetic Ambitions. Though mostly known for his fiction, Joyce did write some poetry. In one early poem, “The Holy Office,” he positioned his work as part of the Celtic Revival, an artistic movement that sought to represent Irish culture. In “A Little Cloud,” Chandler dreams of making his mark in this trend of poetry celebrating Irish nationalism.