- Chamber Music (1907)
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
- Exiles (1918)
- Ulysses (1922)
- Finnegans Wake (1939)
- Stephen Hero (1944)
- Dubliners (1914)
- Araby (1914)
- The Boarding House (1914)
- Two Gallants (1914)
- Anna Livia Plurabelle (1930)
- The Critical Writings (1959)
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James Joyce Books Overview
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce 1882 1941 was an Irish expatriate writer, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses 1922 and its highly controversial successor Finnegans Wake 1939, as well as the short story collection Dubliners 1914 and the semi autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1916. Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce’s fictional universe is firmly rooted in Dublin, providing the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction. In particular, his tempestuous early relationship with the Irish Roman Catholic Church is reflected through a similar inner conflict in his recurrent alter ego Stephen Dedalus. As the result of his minute attentiveness to a personal locale and his self imposed exile and influence throughout Europe, Joyce became simultaneously one of the most cosmopolitan and one of the most local of all the great English language writers.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners, by James Joyce, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Widely regarded as the greatest stylist of twentieth century English literature, James Joyce deserves the term revolutionary. His literary experiments in form and structure, language and content, signaled the modernist movement and continue to influence writers today. His two earliest, and perhaps most accessible, successes A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners are here brought together in one volume. Both works reflect Joyce’s lifelong love hate relationship with Dublin and the Irish culture that formed him.
In the semi autobiographical Portrait, young Stephen Dedalus yearns to be an artist, but first must struggle against the forces of church, school, and society, which fetter his imagination and stifle his soul. The book s inventive style is apparent from its opening pages, a record of an infant s impressions of the world around him and one of the first examples of the stream of consciousness technique.
Comprising fifteen stories, Dubliners presents a community of mesmerizing, humorous, and haunting characters a group portrait. The interactions among them form one long meditation on the human condition, culminating with The Dead, one of Joyce s most graceful compositions centering around a character s epiphany. A carefully woven tapestry of Dublin life at the turn of the last century, Dubliners realizes Joyce s ambition to give his countrymen one good look at themselves. Kevin J. H. Dettmar is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author or editor of a half dozen books on James Joyce, modernist literature, and rock music. He is currently finishing a term as President of the Modernist Studies Association.
The only extant play by the great Irish novelist, ‘Exiles‘ is of interest both for its autobiographical content and for formal reason. In the characters and their circumstances details of Joyce’s life are evident. The main character, Richard Rowan, the moody, tormented writer who is at odds with both his wife and the parochial Irish society around him, is clearly a portrait of Joyce himself. The character of Rowan’s wife, Bertha, is certainly influenced by Joyce’s lover and later wife, Nora Barnacle, with whom he left Ireland and lived a seminomadic existence in Zurich, Rome, Trieste, and Paris. As in real life, the play depicts the couple with a young son and, like Joyce, Rowan has returned to Ireland because of his mother’s illness and subsequent death. Though lesser known, ‘Exiles‘, written after ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ and while Joyce was working on ‘Ulysses’, provides interesting insights into the development of the creative gifts of a literary genius.
One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, Ulysses has had a profound influence on modern fiction. In a series of episodes covering the course of a single day, June 16, 1904, the novel traces the movements of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus through the streets of Dublin. Each chapter has its own remarkably innovative literary style, and the book is one of the great, extended tours de force of stream of consciousness narration. It is an essential stop in any tour of English literature. This marvelous edition reproduces in facsimile the original 1922 text. Today critical interest centers on the authority of the text, and this edition republishes for the first time, without interference, the original 1922 text. Equally important, Jeri Johnson’s editorial material is acknowledged to be by far the best there is. Her textual apparatus notes, introduction, stemma of published versions is unsurpassed. Johnson strikes the perfect balance between what readers need to know in her notes and introduction. Her fantastic explanatory notes begin by giving the time and location of each episode and a description of the correspondence with the episode in Homer being paralleled. In addition, the introduction is a model of scholarship and lucidity, leading the first time reader through the intricacies of the text. This edition also includes a full list of errata, a Composition and Publication History, an up to date bibliography, a chronology of Joyce’s lie, a map of Dublin of the period, appendices reproducing Gilbert and Linati schema i.e. the tables that set out the symbolic significance of each episode in the novel by title, hour of the day, place of the action, and much more. It is the perfect introduction to the crowning work of modernist literature.
‘Finnegans Wake‘, the greatest avant garde novel of all time, was first published seventy years ago and people are still trying to work out what it is about. There is Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker aka HCE Here Comes Everyone and Anna Livia Plurabelle, but also Finnegan the hod carrier or was he a giant?, whose wake is the subject of the book. This masterly reading of the abridged version, with copious notes aiding comprehension, is republished with a new cover.
Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce’s A Portrait of the artist as a Young Man. It was originally rejected on grounds of indecency so the story goes by twenty publishers, whereupon Joyce threw the manuscript in the fire, but Mrs. Joyce rescued several unburnt portions. Although Joyce later entirely rewrote his novel of a young Irishman’s rebellion against church, country and family, this early version is beautifully composed, the mood being more discursive and personal than in A Portrait. Many episodes later cut for the sake of good novelistic form, especially autobiographical episodes of sensual and family life, are fully presented, with some of the most vivacious dialogue Joyce ever wrote. Between them, the two versions give us a clear example of Joyce’s literary development as well as many details of his life. This edition of Stephen Hero for the first time printed the five missing pages of the novel found among the papers in the Joyce Collection of the Cornell University Library. These pages fill gaps in the text as edited in 1956 by John J. Slocum and Herbert Cahoon and also extend the narrative. The main text of Stephen Hero is a connected, nearly self contained passage of 383 manuscript pages which turned up soon after Joyce’s death. It was first edited by Theodore Spencer and published by New Directions in 1944. In this edition, introductions by the successive editors discuss the literary and bibliographical aspects of this important early work by one of the great modern masters.
Dubliners – James Joyce’s stories of his native homeland – performed by a cast of 15 different actors originating from Ireland. Unabridged.
The fifteen stories that make up this brilliant audio roam over a human landscape that stretches from the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies. First published in 1914, the stories are as lucid and accessible as they are memorable poignant.
As you listen to the cast of internationally famous stage and screen actors perform Dubliners, both the spiritually deadening atmosphere that drove Joyce from his homeland and the irresistible emotional pull it always kept on him to the end of his days become heartbreakingly beautiful.
Dubliners is an audio experience that will only grow in richness with each time you listen.
The stories and performers are:Sisters – Frank McCourt
An Encounter – Patrick McCabe
Araby – Colm Meaney
Eveline – Dearbhla Molloy
After the Race – Dan O’Herlihy
Two Gallants – Malachy McCourt
The Boarding House – Donal Donnelly
A Little Cloud – Brendan Coyle
Counterparts – Jim Norton
Clay – Sorcha Cusack
A Painful Case – Ciaran Hinds
Ivy Day in the Committee Room – T.P. McKenna
A Mother – Fionnula Flanagan
Grace – Charles Keating
The Dead – Stephen Rea