Dubliners

Dubliners

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) James Joyce, Edited by Jeri Johnson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199536430
  • ISBN 13: 9780199536436
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: Reissued.
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 79,573

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'I regret to see that my book has turned out un fiasco solenne' James Joyce's disillusion with the publication of Dubliners in 1914 was the result of ten years battling with publishers, resisting their demands to remove swear words, real place names and much else, including two entire stories. Although only 24 when he signed his first publishing contract for the book, Joyce already knew its worth: to alter it in any way would 'retard the course of civilisation in Ireland'. Joyce's aim was to tell the truth - to create a work of art that would reflect life in Ireland at the turn of the last century and by rejecting euphemism, reveal to the Irish the unromantic reality the recognition of which would lead to the spiritual liberation of the country. Each of the fifteen stories offers a glimpse of the lives of ordinary Dubliners - a death, an encounter, an opportunity not taken, a memory rekindled - and collectively they paint a portrait of a nation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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handsome new editions ... eminently readable, with good clear typefaces and text unencumbered by note numbers John Banville, Irish Times 10/02/01

Table of contents

Introduction ; Composition and publication history ; Bibliography ; Chronology ; Appendices:'A Curious History' and the original version of 'The Sisters' ; Explanatory notes