This premium quality large print volume presents James Joyce's modernist classic in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition featuring a generous 6"x9" page size and printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover with an original full color design. Also included is an introductory biographical sketch discussing Joyce's life and work.
Dubliners is the first of James Joyce's major works to be published in book form, preceded by Chamber Music, a volume of poetry which appeared in 1907.
Dubliners is not a novel, but consists of a series of fifteen short stories, which Joyce intended to accurately reflect the life of the contemporary middle class in Ireland. Each story centers around the "epiphany", that moment of clarity when a character suddenly understands, for the first time, something important or fundamental about themselves, their life or their surroundings. The arrangement of the stories mirrors the progress of human life, as the protagonists of the stories advance as life progresses, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood and old age.
James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish modernist writer, his style known both for its complexity and explicit content. One of ten children, after earning a degree at University College, Dublin he left Ireland for Paris, hoping to study medicine, but returned upon learning that his mother was ill. She died in 1903, and around this time he met Nora Barnacle, who remained with him for life, the couple marrying 30 years later. Following publication of a few short stories he and Barnacle left Ireland in 1904, eventually settling in Trieste. In 1914 he published Dubliners. The autobiographical Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man followed in 1916.
For several years, largely supported by English magazine editor Harriet Weaver and an uncle of Nora's, Joyce worked on Ulysses, considered his masterpiece. Recounting a single day in Dublin, the story follows three central characters and the life of the city around them. A modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey, the book made extensive use of interior monologue and stream of consciousness narrative, with long passages devoid of standard punctuation and paragraph structure. With advance magazine publication of excerpts, its explicit nature caused years of legal wrangling over the violation of pornography laws, contributing to its success despite the difficulty encountered in actually reading it.
In 1939 Finnegan's Wake, the long-awaited follow-up, appeared, which many readers found even harder to follow than Ulysses. Nonetheless it was an immediate success.
In poor health for much of his life, Joyce died after an intestinal surgery and is buried in Fluntern cemetery in Zurich.
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About the Author
One of the 20th century's greatest writers, James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882, and his native city is at the heart of his best-known books: Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and the short story collection Dubliners. His flowing, sometimes musical, often challenging prose has provoked and inspired generations of readers. He died in 1941.
Date of Birth:February 2, 1882
Date of Death:January 13, 1941
Place of Birth:Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:Zurich, Switzerland
Education:B.A., University College, Dublin, 1902