UlyssesOxford World's Classics Series
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As a young child and early reader, I used to pilfer my older sister’s copy of Ulysses. I didn’t understand the book but I loved the words. More than sixty years later, there are parts of Joyce (notably Finnegans Wake) that I still don’t understand, but I still love the words. I keep both books on my night table.
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Ulysses by James Joyce
Written over a seven-year period, from 1914 to 1921, this book has survived bowdlerization, legal action and controversy. The novel deals with the events of one day in Dublin, 16th June 1904, now known as Bloomsday . The principal characters are Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly. Ulysses has been labelled dirty, blasphemous and unreadable.In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book - although he found it not quite obscene enough to disallow its importation into the United States - and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce's cloacal obsession . None of these descriptions, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in its own way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book.
Reviews'one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century ... this edition, complete with an invaluable Introduction, map of Dublin, notes, and appendices, republishes for the first time, without interference, the original 1922 text.'
'After more than seventy years of editorial corrections, specialists will buy the 'uncorrected'
edition for its accuracy. Others should choose it as much for Johnson
's excellent introduction and notes.'
Tim Kendall. Hertford College, Oxford. Notes and Queries For anyone coming to this 20th century classic for the first time, this paperback version could well make the going a little easier. Lancashire Evening Post (Preston) Already got a copy of Ulysses
. Well, chuck it out and get this ... this is the one, a reproduction of the original 1922 Shakespeare & Co edition ... has extensive notes at the back to explain references and correct gaffes ... Also astonishingly cheap. Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian now the cheapest annotated paperback available and comes with a splendid introduction from Jeri Johnson, a map of contemporary Dublin, and a comprehensive set of explanatory notes ... As such, it should appeal both to those who are familiar with Joyce's book, and those who are approaching it for the first time. Yorkshire Post (Leeds) hilarious, poignant, exhilarating ... The excellent guide, editor Jeri Johnson, refuses to allow short cuts for first-time travellers ... The detailed notes are useful ... the ideal way to set off on your personal odyssey. The Times For anyone coming to this 20th century classic for the first time, this paperback version could well make the going a little easier. West Lancashire Evening Gazette For anyone coming to this 20th Century classic for the first time, this paperback version could well make the going a little easier. Yorkshire Evening Post (Leeds) Midweek section, 9 July 1997
About the Author
Publication date17th April 2008
More books by James Joyce
Author 'Like for Like'
PublisherOxford University Press
CategoriesClassic fiction (pre c 1945)
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
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