Ulysses (Vintage International) (Paperback)
“Nobody reads Joyce anymore,” James Agee wrote in his book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, commenting on the watered-down artistic tastes of the masses. That was in 1941. And still today, nobody reads Joyce. I firmly believe that Joyce is to literary fiction as Shakespeare is to theatre. If the episodes of Ulysses had been published separately as novellas, Joyce would be just as well-known and read as Shakespeare is today. Joyce once said that he wrote about simple topics using difficult techniques. Ulysses is just that. Joyce’s favorite topics of familial, religious, and national self-exile are examined here through a progression of numerous writing styles and techniques. The start of the novel carries on the narrative style of Joyce’s earlier works before blending in other techniques, such as interior monologue, epic drama, and the parodying of writing styles before him. Interested in a course on the history of English language? Forego the course fee and just read Ulysses.— From Geo
This revised volume follows the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961. Contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling to remove the federal ban. It also contains page references to the first American edition of 1934.
About the Author
James Joyce, the twentieth century’s most influential novelist, was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. After receiving a rigorous Jesuit education, twenty-year-old Joyce renounced his Catholicism and left Dublin in 1902 to spend most of his life as a writer in exile in Paris, Trieste, Rome, and Zurich. His writings include Chamber Music (1907), Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Exiles (1918), Ulysses (1922), Pomes Penyeach (1927), and Finnegan's Wake (1939). Ulysses required seven years to complete and Finnegan's Wake, took seventeen. Both works revolutionized the form, structure, and content of the novel. Joyce died in Zurich in 1941.
"Ulysses will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua immortalized Rabelais, and The Brothers Karamazov immortalized Dostoyevsky.... It comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence."
-The New York Times
"To my mind one of the most significant and beautiful books of our time."
-Gilbert Seldes, in The Nation
"Talk about understanding "feminine psychology"-- I have never read anything to surpass it, and I doubt if I have ever read anything to equal it."
"In the last pages of the book, Joyce soars to such rhapsodies of beauty as have probably never been equaled in English prose fiction."
-Edmund Wilson, in The New Republic