Dubliners: Text and Criticism (Viking Critical Library)

by James Joyce, Robert Scholes, A. Walton Litz

“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 brotherWith these fifteen stories James Joyce reinvented the art of fiction, using a scrupulous, deadpan realism to convey truths that were at once blasphemous andsacramental.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 492 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.85 out of 5
  • Published August 1st 1996 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: Dubliners
  • ISBN: 0140247742 (ISBN13: 9780140247749)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Maria
  • Bantam Lyons
  • John Corley
  • Fr. Flynn
  • Jimmy Doyle...more
  • Matthew Lenehan
  • Mrs. Mooney
  • Polly Mooney
  • Mr. Doran
  • Little Chandler
  • Ignatius Gallaher
  • Farrington
  • Tom Farrington
  • Joe Donnelly
  • Mr. Duffy
  • Mrs. Sinico
  • Charles Stewart Parnell
  • Mrs. Kearney
  • Kathleen Kearney
  • Mr. Kernan
  • Gabriel Conroy...less

“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 brotherWith 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.