Dubliners

Dubliners

Text and Criticism; Revised Edition


Editor: Robert Scholes
Editor: A. Walton Litz

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140247749
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up

Overview

"Don’t you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do?…To give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of everyday life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own."

– James Joyce, in a letter to his brother

With these fifteen stories James Joyce reinvented the art of fiction, using a scrupulous, deadpan realism to convey truths that were at once blasphemous and sacramental. Whether writing about the death of a fallen priest ("The Sisters"), the petty sexual and fiscal machinations of "Two Gallants," or of the Christmas party at which an uprooted intellectual discovers just how little he really knows about his wife ("The Dead"), Joyce takes narrative places it had never been before.

The text of this edition has been newly edited by Hans Walter Gabler and Walter Hettche and is followed by a new afterword, chronology, and bibliography by John S. Kelly. Also included in a special appendix are the original versions of three stories as well as Joyce’s long-suppressed Preface to Dubliners.
Dubliners

Dubliners

James Joyce, Editor: Robert Scholes, Editor: A. Walton Litz

Praise

“In Dubliners, Joyce’s first attempt to register in language and fictive form the protean complexities of the ‘reality of experience,’ he learns the paradoxical lesson that only through the most rigorous economy, only by concentrating on the minutest of particulars, can he have any hope of engaging with the immensity of the world.”–from the Introduction

“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

Series

Critical Library, Viking
John Steinbeck
James Joyce
Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Table of Contents

DublinersEditor’s Preface
Chronology
I. The Text
Dubliners:
The Sisters
An Encounter
Araby
Eveline
After the Race
Two Gallants
The Boarding House
A Little Cloud
Counterparts
Clay
A Painful Case
Ivy Day in the Committee Room
A Mother
Grace
The Dead

A Note on the Text

II. The Author and His Work
Facsimile Pages from “A Painful Case”
The Composition and Revision of the Stories
Epiphanies and Epicleti
The Evidence of the Letters

III. Criticism
Editors’ Introduction to Criticism Section
FRANK O’CONNOR, Work in Progress
HARRY STONE, “Araby” and the Writings of James Joyce
A. WALTON LITZ, “Two Gallants”
ROBERT SCHOLES, “Counterparts” and the Method of Dubliners
JANE E. MILLER, “‘O, she’s a nice lady!'”: A Rereading of “A Mother”
RICHARD ELLMANN, The Backgrounds of “The Dead”
ALLEN TATE, “The Dead”
KENNETH BURKE, “Stages” in “The Dead”
C. C. LOOMIS, JR., Structure and Sympathy in Joyce’s “The Dead”
BRUCE AVERY, Distant Music: Sound and the Dialogics of Satire in “The Dead”
MICHAEL LEVENSON, Living History in “The Dead”

Topics for Discussion and Papers
Selected Bibliography
Notes to the Stories

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