Ulysses

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  • New  | 880 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781847492173
  • Published: 2012

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Controversial, scandalous, erudite and funny, Ulysses is undisputedly a landmark of twentiethcentury Modernism. It charts one day – 16th June 1904 – in the lives of three inhabitants of Dublin: the advertising salesman Leopold Bloom, the artist Stephen Dedalus and Bloom’s wife Molly. Their peregrinations, thoughts and encounters form the basis of the narrative, which becomes a celebration of all human experience through the lives of specific individuals in a specific place at a specific time. Ulysses is both an experimental novel and a book intimately concerned with the events of modern life.

A lively repository of literary allusion and colloquial realism, this dazzlingly innovative, ambitious novel is here presented in its 1939 version, which contains notable textual differences from the standard editions currently in print. This edition also includes comprehensive and all-new annotations by Joyce scholar Sam Slote (Trinity College, University of Dublin).

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'I love this edition. The explanatory notes don’t get in the way of the text but rather send me seamlessly back with renewed interest. The beautiful paper falls flat to the touch and when I first opened it I came across the note for p125. I never knew that Staggering Bob was veal made from calves so young they were still staggering. I found myself reading the tremendous Lestrygonians Episode again – Joyce’s terrible and wonderful song of how and what we consume. One can never get to the bottom of Ulysses.' Martina Evans

'His writing is not about something; it is that something itself.' Samuel Beckett

'Anyone looking for an accurate, annotated Ulysses will find one here and be grateful to Sam Slote for condensing so much information.' TLS

"Slote’s annotations are by far the most systematic, the most thorough, the most scholarly, of any single-volume Ulysses. He has a very good feel for the things a reader might like to know… His impressive grasp of the textual history of the book brings many benefits, as he casually explains how misprints arose. The notes on scientific and technical terms are particularly clear." The Irish Times

" 'Wipe your glosses with what you know,' we are advised by Issy in Finnegans Wake. Slote has certainly done that, and his nicely polished lens provides perhaps the clearest insight into the finely grained details of Ulysses of any yet on offer." The Irish Times

"Slote deserves praise for the major strength of this edition: his annotation is extensive, diligent and unfussy, and offer a serious rival to Jeri Johnson's notes in the Oxford edition." The Tablet

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Born in Dublin, James Joyce (1882–1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. His writings, however, mainly centre on Dublin – most famously Ulysses, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe’s foremost Modernists.


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