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An excellent new life of Joyce,
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This review is from: James Joyce: A New Biography (Hardcover)
Gordon Bowker has taken on the daunting challenge of telling the story of James Joyce's life and work. Synthesizing sources which have come out since Ellman's landmark biography (1959) and revision, (1982), Bowker is thorough, informative and entertaining, and still gets done in around 600 pages. The new biography will not replace Ellman, but it is a most worthy supplement to Joyce scholarship. It is a balanced and fair-minded portrait of a writer of incendiary genius who also possessed very human foibles and weaknesses.
I have one complaint: the illustrations in the USA FSG edition are printed on plain paper and have poor resolution. The UK edition, printed by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, has superior-quality printing of the photos on glossy paper with much better image quality. Just the same, Bowker has done an amazing job of telling a most complex life story useful for scholars and general readers alike. Bravo!