Exiles

Exiles

by James Joyce
     
 

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"The only extant play by the great Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941), Exiles is of interest for its autobiographical content. The main character, Richard Rowan, the moody, tormented writer who is at odds with both his wife and the parochial Irish society around him, is clearly a portrait of Joyce himself. The character of Rowan's wife, Bertha, is certainly… See more details below

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"The only extant play by the great Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941), Exiles is of interest for its autobiographical content. The main character, Richard Rowan, the moody, tormented writer who is at odds with both his wife and the parochial Irish society around him, is clearly a portrait of Joyce himself. The character of Rowan's wife, Bertha, is certainly influenced by Joyce's lover and later wife, Nora Barnacle. And, as in real life, the play depicts the couple with a young son, and Rowan, like Joyce, has returned to Ireland because of his mother's illness and subsequent death." In the largely interior drama focused on the characters' relationships, the undertones of guilt and the longing for freedom mirror themes of the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Long an admirer of Ibsen, Joyce emulated the Scandinavian master in making the central issue of his drama the conflict between individual freedom and a demanding, judgmental society.

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ISBN-13:
9781447469285
Publisher:
Read Books Design
Publication date:
12/14/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

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