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A fresh account of the life and work of James Joyce, one of the most famous modernist writers of the twentieth century
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James Joyce

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Overview

A fresh account of the life and work of James Joyce, one of the most famous modernist writers of the twentieth century
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Editorial Reviews

Irish Independent

"His concentration is on the work in the context of the life rather than on the life itself. This is an eminently sensible approach. . . . Gibson's book has much to recommend it, not least an introduction by Declan Kiberd. . . . This is an important study that should send us all back to the master's scriptures with wiped eyes and big questions."--Irish Independent

— Gerry Dukes

El Pais

"The care with which Gibson analyses the play 'Exiles' in his study is essential reading, as is his change in perspective regarding 'Ulysses' itself, where he emphasizes the novel's profoundly Irish historical and existential freight."--El País

James Joyce Literary Supplement

"Written in a compact and graceful style. . . . A discussion that is so clear and energetic that it requires no leavening. . . . Gibson's focus on Joyce's Irishness produces original and provocative readings not only of Joyce's works, but also of key moments in his life and even of his work habits. . . . James Joyce makes for engrossing and highly satisfying reading."--James Joyce Literary Supplement

— Timothy Martin

English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

"The book's two best points [are] Gibson's skill at conveying quantities of information without losing momentum and his fingertip familiarity with Irish history."--English Literature in Transition 1880- 1920

— John Gordon

Irish Independent - Gerry Dukes

"His concentration is on the work in the context of the life rather than on the life itself. This is an eminently sensible approach. . . . Gibson's book has much to recommend it, not least an introduction by Declan Kiberd. . . . This is an important study that should send us all back to the master's scriptures with wiped eyes and big questions."
El Pa�s

"The care with which Gibson analyses the play 'Exiles' in his study is essential reading, as is his change in perspective regarding 'Ulysses' itself, where he emphasizes the novel's profoundly Irish historical and existential freight."
James Joyce Literary Supplement - Timothy Martin

"Written in a compact and graceful style. . . . A discussion that is so clear and energetic that it requires no leavening. . . . Gibson's focus on Joyce's Irishness produces original and provocative readings not only of Joyce's works, but also of key moments in his life and even of his work habits. . . . James Joyce makes for engrossing and highly satisfying reading."
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 - John Gordon

"The book's two best points [are] Gibson's skill at conveying quantities of information without losing momentum and his fingertip familiarity with Irish history."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861895967
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Critical Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Andrew Gibson is professor of modern literature and theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in "Ulysses" and coeditor of London from Punk to Blair, the latter published by Reaktion.
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Table of Contents

1 History, politics, the Joycean biography 11
2 Parnell, Fenianism and the Joyces 18
3 Youth in nineties Dublin 27
4 An intellectual young man, 1898-1903 35
5 The artist as critic 42
6 16 June 1904 50
7 Continental exile 60
8 Looking back : Dubliners 68
9 A second outpost of empire 77
10 The battle of the book 89
11 Ireland made me : a portrait of the artist 95
12 Joyce, Ireland and the war 107
13 Writing Ulysses 115
14 The national epic 121
15 Monsieur Joyce in Paris 132
16 Joyce and free statehood 138
17 Joyce enterprises 145
18 A wild, blind, aged bard 151
19 The megalith 157
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