Synopses & Reviews
Regarded today as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, Ulysses
entered the world in a firestorm of controversy. Denounced as obscure, unintelligible, nonsensical, and obscene, it was first published in Paris in 1922 and remained banned in the United States until 1933. Among the innovations that shocked and outraged critics were Joyce's revolutionary use of the interior monologue (better known as "stream of consciousness") and other experimental narrative techniques. Ulysses
draws upon a complex network of symbolic parallels from mythology, history, and literature (including a framework and episodes that echo the Odyssey
) to document an ordinary day in the lives of three Dubliners. This meticulous reproduction of the original 1922 edition will prove a boon to students, scholars, or anyone interested in great literature. Unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1922 by Shakespeare and Company, Paris.
"Yet, for all its appalling longueurs, Ulysses
is a work of high genius. Its importance seems to me to lie, not so much in its opening new doors to knowledge unless in setting an example to Anglo-Saxon writers of putting down everything without compunction or in inventing new literary forms Joyce's formula is really, as I have indicated, nearly seventy-five years old as in its once more setting the standard of the novel so high that it need not be ashamed to take its place beside poetry and drama. Ulysses
has the effect at once of making everything else look brassy." Edmund Wilson Jr., The New Republic, 1922
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Regarded today as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses remained banned in the United States until 1933. Drawing upon a complex network of symbolic parallels from mythology, history, and literature, the novel employs experimental narrative techniques to chronicle an ordinary day in the lives of three Dubliners.
Loosely based on the Odyssey, this landmark of modern literature follows ordinary Dubliners through an entire day in 1904. Captivating experimental techniques range from interior monologues to exuberant wordplay and earthy humor.
Originally reviled as obscure and obscene, Joyce's masterpiece now stands as one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. Loosely based on Homer's Odyssey,
the novel traces the paths of Leopold Bloom and other Dubliners through an ordinary summer day and night in 1904 a typical day, transformed by Joyce's narrative powers into an epic celebration of life.
First editions of Ulysses rank among the modern rare book trade's most valuable finds. This reprint of the original edition is not only the least expensive version available but also the truest to the author's vision. Many experts have reinterpreted the novel's surviving drafts to produce revised texts, but this edition remains the version that Joyce himself reviewed and corrected prior to the initial publication. A new Introduction by Joyce scholar Enda Duffy offers an enlightening and enthusiastic welcome to a landmark of modern literature.
About the Author
Irish novelist, poet, and short-story writer James Joyce (1882-1941) ranks among the giants of 20th-century literature. His experimental narrative techniques opened a new world of storytelling that continues to influence modern writers.