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Publisher Comments:

“Of the making of books about James Joyce there is no end, but Reading Joyce by David Pierce is something special.  It is the distillation of a lifetime’s immersion as a teacher and critic in the work of a great but dauntingly difficult modern writer.  I can think of no better companion for anyone embarking on a serious exploration of Joyce’s work, but seasoned Joyceans will also find much to delight and inform them here.  It is a literary as well as a critical achievement, a unique blend of commentary and confession,  biography and autobiography, illustrated throughout by a profusion of fascinating photographs, drawings, maps and other images which evoke the world of James Joyce and the ways in which his books have been received.”

 

David Lodge

 

“Many critics of James Joyce are smart: David Pierce is also wise. Reading Joycebrilliantly and judiciously uses his experiences as a fine teacher, a major scholar - and an open, receptive reader. And few critics are so skillfully alert to the actual, material, visible world in which Joyce’s works take place.”

 

Morris Beja, author of James Joyce: A Literary Life, and former President, the International James Joyce Foundation

 

“This is a brave, richly informed, and candid book, an engaging mix of biography, autobiography, and critical analysis. A godsend to teachers and students alike, it  brilliantly demystifies Joyce, without compromising his complexity. It is a uniquely personal odyssey of discovery which all Joyceans will recognise as their own, too.”

 

Professor Terry Dolan, University College Dublin

 

Reading Joyceis an ideal introduction to the works of the Master. Unlike many writers on Joyce, Pierce chooses to address the reader on terms of equality rather than to revel self-regardingly in difficulties or to confuse them with a theoretical overlay which Joyce himself would have laughed at. This book presents Joyce mediated by an urbane and witty expert, who expects the same qualities in his readers. Pierce does not flagellate himself - as too many Joyceans do - over trifles or theories and does not expect his readers to do so either.”

 

 Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman, M.R.I.A., Supreme Court of Ireland

 

 

 

Review:

"Reading Joyce is absolutely the best kind of introductory book: not a dumbed-down crib, but an informed and passionate guide that both beginners and experts will learn from." The Book Depository

Review:

"Of the making of books about James Joyce there is no end, but Reading Joyce by David Pierce is something special....It is a literary as well as a critical achievement, a unique blend of commentary and confession, biography and autobiography, illustrated throughout by a profusion of fascinating photographs, drawings, maps and other images which evoke the world of James Joyce and the ways in which his books have been received." David Lodge, author of Small World and Thinks...

Review:

"[A] combination of biography, literary companion and exegesis, pleasingly illustrated with many black and white photographs....Pierce is a brilliant reader, adept at teasing out connections and associations that are as revealing as they are unexpected." London Review Bookshop

Review:

"David Pierce has produced a book that makes sense of Joyce's work for today's reader. He succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined." Pearson Books

Review:

"Sweeping away years of confusing and contradictory scholarly debate, Pierce brings Joyce's writing — and his characters — back to life. For anyone intending a serious study of Joyce's writing, Reading Joyce is more than just useful; it's essential." Yorkshire Evening Post

Review:

"Many critics of James Joyce are smart: David Pierce is also wise. Reading Joyce brilliantly and judiciously uses his experiences as a fine teacher, a major scholar — and an open, receptive reader. And few critics are so skillfully alert to the actual, material, visible world in which Joyce's works take place." Morris Beja, author of James Joyce: A Literary Life, and former President, the International James Joyce Foundation

Review:

"This is a brave, richly informed, and candid book, an engaging mix of biography, autobiography, and critical analysis. A godsend to teachers and students alike, it brilliantly demystifies Joyce, without compromising his complexity. It is a uniquely personal odyssey of discovery which all Joyceans will recognise as their own, too." Professor Terry Dolan, University College Dublin

Review:

"Reading Joyce is an ideal introduction to the works of the Master....This book presents Joyce mediated by an urbane and witty expert, who expects the same qualities in his readers. Pierce does not flagellate himself — as too many Joyceans do — over trifles or theories and does not expect his readers to do so either." Mr. Justice Adrian Hardiman, M.R.I.A., Supreme Court of Ireland

Book News Annotation:

Modern Irish literature scholar Pierce offers students of literature a thoughtful companion to the books of James Joyce, seeking to diminish the all-too-common mixture of fear and awe given to works like Finnegan's Wake and Ulysses. He combines biography, historical context, and literary analysis and criticism to encourage the reader's appreciation and understanding of Joyce. Black and white photographs and illustrations support the text. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

‘Is there one who understands me?’

So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into Ulysses that it would ‘keep the professors busy for centuries’ arguing over what he meant.

Studied by thousands of students and with a huge popular following, Joyce is arguably the greatest writer of the twentieth century, but, for many, his books remain an impenetrable mystery. With the help of an engaging commentary, a guide to Joyce’s writing, and a bank of material gleaned from thirty years teaching Joyce in the classroom, David Pierce has produced a book that makes sense of Joyce’s work for today’s reader. He succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined.  

 

 

Synopsis:

Reading Joyce will bring to life the person and works of the twentieth century's greatest, amd most difficult to understand, writer.

  • Joyce is one of the most important writers of the 20th Century and has a large and enthusiastic following
  • Joyce is a 'difficult' writer; he needs explanation - this book will help readers to quickly understand and enjoy his writing
  • The author has been teaching Joyce for thirty years so has first hand knowledge of what people really need to get to grips with Joyce
  • Numerous illustrations and photographs in each chapter bring Joyce and his world to life
  • Includes two previously unpublished photographs of the printing rooms of the Freeman's Journal

 

About the Author

David Pierce has taught, read, and written about modern literature and Irish writing for more than thirty years. He is on the Board of the International James Joyce Foundation and the author of James Joyce's Ireland; Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination; Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader; Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing; and Joyce and Company. David lives in York.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. 1904: Joyce’s Point of Departure
  3. The Unfinished Sentences of ‘The Sisters’
  4. Saying Goodbye in ‘Eveline’
  5. Blinds and Railings in ‘Araby’ and ‘Two Gallants’
  6. Teaching Dubliners
  7. On A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  8. Approaching Ulysses
  9. Leopold Bloom At Home and At Work
  10. Student Responses to Molly Bloom
  11. Figuring Out Finnegans Wake

 

 

 

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405840613
Author:
Pierce, David
Publisher:
Pearson Longman
Subject:
Joyce, James
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Joyce, James - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Joyce, James - Study and teaching
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.13x6.30x.82 in. 1.31 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Reading Joyce is absolutely the best kind of introductory book: not a dumbed-down crib, but an informed and passionate guide that both beginners and experts will learn from."
"Review" by , "Of the making of books about James Joyce there is no end, but Reading Joyce by David Pierce is something special....It is a literary as well as a critical achievement, a unique blend of commentary and confession, biography and autobiography, illustrated throughout by a profusion of fascinating photographs, drawings, maps and other images which evoke the world of James Joyce and the ways in which his books have been received."
"Review" by , "[A] combination of biography, literary companion and exegesis, pleasingly illustrated with many black and white photographs....Pierce is a brilliant reader, adept at teasing out connections and associations that are as revealing as they are unexpected."
"Review" by , "David Pierce has produced a book that makes sense of Joyce's work for today's reader. He succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined."
"Review" by , "Sweeping away years of confusing and contradictory scholarly debate, Pierce brings Joyce's writing — and his characters — back to life. For anyone intending a serious study of Joyce's writing, Reading Joyce is more than just useful; it's essential."
"Review" by , "Many critics of James Joyce are smart: David Pierce is also wise. Reading Joyce brilliantly and judiciously uses his experiences as a fine teacher, a major scholar — and an open, receptive reader. And few critics are so skillfully alert to the actual, material, visible world in which Joyce's works take place." Morris Beja, author of James Joyce: A Literary Life, and former President, the International James Joyce Foundation
"Review" by , "This is a brave, richly informed, and candid book, an engaging mix of biography, autobiography, and critical analysis. A godsend to teachers and students alike, it brilliantly demystifies Joyce, without compromising his complexity. It is a uniquely personal odyssey of discovery which all Joyceans will recognise as their own, too."
"Review" by , "Reading Joyce is an ideal introduction to the works of the Master....This book presents Joyce mediated by an urbane and witty expert, who expects the same qualities in his readers. Pierce does not flagellate himself — as too many Joyceans do — over trifles or theories and does not expect his readers to do so either."
"Synopsis" by , ‘Is there one who understands me?’

So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into Ulysses that it would ‘keep the professors busy for centuries’ arguing over what he meant.

Studied by thousands of students and with a huge popular following, Joyce is arguably the greatest writer of the twentieth century, but, for many, his books remain an impenetrable mystery. With the help of an engaging commentary, a guide to Joyce’s writing, and a bank of material gleaned from thirty years teaching Joyce in the classroom, David Pierce has produced a book that makes sense of Joyce’s work for today’s reader. He succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined.  

 

 

"Synopsis" by , Reading Joyce will bring to life the person and works of the twentieth century's greatest, amd most difficult to understand, writer.

  • Joyce is one of the most important writers of the 20th Century and has a large and enthusiastic following
  • Joyce is a 'difficult' writer; he needs explanation - this book will help readers to quickly understand and enjoy his writing
  • The author has been teaching Joyce for thirty years so has first hand knowledge of what people really need to get to grips with Joyce
  • Numerous illustrations and photographs in each chapter bring Joyce and his world to life
  • Includes two previously unpublished photographs of the printing rooms of the Freeman's Journal

 

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