Dubliners by James Joyce. 1950 Travellers’ Library edition in near fine condition. There is a neat previous owner inscription to the front endpage. NO other internal markings pages clean, binding firm. The jacket has some very minor wear, now in removable protective sleeve. Any questions please get in touch.
Joyce’s first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption, and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.
“Dubliners” was completed in 1905, but a series of British and Irish publishers and printers found it offensive and immoral, and it was suppressed. The book finally came out in London in 1914, just as Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” began to appear in the journal “Egoist” under the auspices of Ezra Pound.
The first three stories in “Dubliners” might be incidents from a draft of “Portrait of the Artist,”. As well as, many of the characters who figure in “Ulysses” have their first appearance here. However, this is not a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyce’s life and mature work. It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language–an unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early twentieth-century Dublin. The book, which begins and ends with a death, moves from “stories of my childhood” through tales of public life. Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.
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