The Dead

The Dead

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He asked himself what is a woman standing on the stairs in the shadow, listening to distant music, a symbol of. Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce's elegant story details a New Year's Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist's wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband—closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 128 x 170 x 10mm | 81.65g
  • Melville House Publishing
  • Brooklyn, United States
  • English
  • 097496090X
  • 9780974960906
  • 125,815

About James Joyce

James Joyce is one of the most important innovators in modern literature. He is the author of Ulysses and a masterful storyteller who developed a style that blurred the boundaries between fiction and life.show more

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