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Dubliners: Text and Criticism; Revised Edition (Critical Library, Viking) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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“Joyce renews our apprehension of reality, strengthens our sympathy with our fellow creatures, and leaves us in awe before the mystery of created things.” –Atlantic Monthly
“It is in the prose of Dubliners that we first hear the authentic rhythms of Joyce the poet…Dubliners is, in a very real sense, the foundation of Joyce’s art. In shaping its stories, he developed that mastery of naturalistic detail and symbolic design which is the hallmark of his mature fiction.” –Robert Scholes and A. Walton Litz, authors of Dubliners: Text and Criticism
With an Introduction by John Kelly
About the Author
Robert Scholes is Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently "The Crafty Reader" and "The Rise and Fall of English," both published by Yale University Press.
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Top Customer Reviews
For anyone looking for an introduction to Joyce, this edition of Dubliners is certainly the place to start. Those already familiar with his works may gain new insight by this edition. Either way, a must own.
The stories range from the psychologically simple ("Counterparts" and "A Little Cloud") to the extraordinarily complex ("A Painful Case" and "The Dead"). But what is common throughout is the feel for Dublin just after the turn of the last century. The readers see the cobblestones, the chimneys, the trams and carts, the churches, and the street lamps. More importantly, the readers feel the tensions underlying the public smiles and infrequent bursts of confidence that the characters exhibit.
The extra value of this Viking Critical edition is, of course, the criticism. The valuable notes help make the understanding of the reading much easier. And the critical essays, each single one, provides a deeper understanding of how to put these stories in a larger frame.
However, if you are completely unhappy with the first stories, skip to the end and read "The Dead". There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best stories of fiction of its time - both in its use of language and its powerful messages. Actually a novella, this final story encompasses everything from politics to love to the inevitability of death rendering all else meaningless. While many people finish the Joyce's collection finding it to be one of the more depressing pieces of literature they have read, it really is not. For example, "The Dead" proves that death is essential to making a fresh start. Joyce did not intend to write to please others and leave them satisfied, but instead to portray reality in a grim city.
Just remember, after finishing Dubliners, you are one step closer to reading Ulysses!!
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In two ways it has taken me sixty-four years to get to Dublin. First, to the city itself, which I visited for the first time two weeks ago. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by R. M. Peterson
Dubliners is a collection of James Joyce's first writings that took the form of fifteen short stories. It is the perfect introductory exposure to the author. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by kenduran
What a great treasure I have found. It has helped me go through Joyce's ways in a better and clearer way...Published on July 16, 2013 by eron
I ordered this book more than a month ago. It still has not arrived and I am going to contact Amazon if it doesn't come in the next week.Published on December 12, 2010 by Isabel
An excellent annotated edition of the great work
of Irish and world fiction. If you need commentaries
and helpful insights into this complex work, this is
ex James Joyce left Dublin in 1912, never to return, but he continued to live in his city spiritually, psychically, artistically, and emotionally for the next twenty-nine years up... Read morePublished on November 15, 2007 by John F. Rooney
James Joyce lurks in my home, the mammoth Ulysses sitting heavily upon my shelf, mocking me, sending chills down the back of my neck and dashing thoughts of actually making it... Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Elmore Hammes