When James Joyce Tried to Work in a Bank


During his youth, Irish author James Joyce was not doing well financially and he had to do several odd jobs. One time, he tried to apply in a bank. He was interviewed by the bank manager and the interview went something like this:

Manager: “Do you smoke?”

James: “No,”

Manager: “Do you drink?”

James: “No.”

Manager: “Do you go with girls?”

James: “No.”

The manager was not impressed by this display of virtue.

“Away with you!” he said. “You’d probably rob the bank.”

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10 thoughts on “When James Joyce Tried to Work in a Bank

  1. O. Henry worked at a bank. Also, he embezzled from it, went to jail, started his career from jail, and that is ultimately why he created the pen name “O. Henry” — because he was worried people wouldn’t read stories by a convicted felon!

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  2. I find this story hard to believe. It’s also very similar to a vaudeville joke that was very popular around the very same time:
    A man is having a checkup by his doctor, and he asks him if he’s going to live to be 100.
    “Do you smoke?”
    “Do you drink?”
    “Do you stay out with the flappers?”
    “I should say not!”
    “Then why on earth do you want to live to be 100?”

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